CBSE to scrap Marks Moderation for Class 12 Board Exams

CBSE Results 2017

26th April, 2017 - New Delhi : The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday scrapped the marks moderation policy under which grace marks are given to students for difficult questions. The decision came after the CBSE requested the HRD ministry to discard the marks moderation policy across all the states which always resulted in inflation of marks. This will result in lower cut-offs for admissions across colleges and also a drop in overall passing percentage of Class XII results for the first time in many years.

The CBSE on Monday said that unilaterally scrapping the marks moderation policy will ease the process of undergraduate admissions for students. The CBSE has also decided to discontinue its practice of setting different question paper for different regions (or schools) across the country and instead set a common question paper for all CBSE-affiliated schools.

Marks moderation is a common practice used by many school boards to bring uniformity in their evaluation process. Here, marks obtained by students are changed to align with the marking standards of different examiners and up to 15% extra marks can be awarded to students for difficult questions. This often results in inflation of marks during results across all the school boards.

In a three hour long meeting attended by School Education Secretary Anil Swarup on Monday, 24th April 2017 , 32 boards have agreed to scrap the marks moderation policy and take further steps to avoid inflation of marks during the results. The boards also agreed to a full disclosure of their policy of awarding grace marks. The Centre has suggested the school boards to assess a student’s performance in extra-curricular activities separately from his/her academic performance. Many boards practice a policy of adding marks in subjects such as Physical Education or Environment Education to the student’s academic performance which results in inflation of marks and significantly improves the board’s result.

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