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Frequently Asked Questions ( IX and X )
Has the Board fixed any age criteria to appear in class X examination?
No, the Board has not fixed any age criteria to appear in class X examination however, at the time of admission the student should satisfy the requirements of age limits (minimum and maximum) as determined by the State/Union Territory Government, as applicable to the place where the School is located.
How much attendance is required to appear in the Secondary / Senior Secondary examination?
As per the Examination Bylaws of the Board, atleast 75% attendance in an academic session is required to be eligible to appear for the class X/XII examination. Candidates taking up a subject(s) involving practical examination are also required to have put in atleast 75% of the total attendance for practical work in the subject in the laboratory. In respect of students participating in sports at national level, organized by recognized federations/CBSE/School Games Federation of India (SGFI), the required percentage of attendance is 60%. Such candidates taking up any subject(s) involving practical examination are also required to have put in at least 60% of the total attendance for practical work in the subject in the laboratory.
Can a student be detained from appearing in Board examination?
As per Rule 15 of the Examination Byelaws of the Board, in no case Heads of affiliated schools can detain eligible candidates from appearing at the examination, except in the case of shortage of attendance of the student.
What is the eligibility criterion for a student to appear as a private candidate in the Board examination?
The following category of candidates can appear as private candidate:
1. Fail candidates
2. Teachers serving in educational institutions affiliated to the Board.
3. Regular candidates of the previous year who have completed regular course of studies and has been allotted Roll No. but could not appear due to medical reasons, except shortage of attendance as laid down in the Examination Byelaws.
4. Women candidates who are bonafide residents of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and have passed the Delhi Secondary or an equivalent examination at least two years before appearing at the Senior School Certificate Examination subject to conditions mentioned in Examination Byelaws.
5. Physically handicapped students (only from Delhi).
Does CBSE have any exemption for the differently abled candidates?
Circular no. 25 of 2012 dated 12.04.2012 on the subject Inclusive Practices in CBSE schools available on CBSE website: www.cbse.nic.in Circulars 2012 may be referred to.
Is it possible to change subjects in classes X and XII?
As per rule 26 of the Examination Byelaws of the Board, the candidate cannot offer a subject in classes X and XII which he/she has not studied and passed in class IX and XI respectively.
Notwithstanding anything contained in the rule to avoid undue hardship to the candidate change of subject in class X/XII is permitted. Request for change of subject has to be made before 31st August.
Will Open Text based Assessment (OTBA) be applicable in all main subjects in class IX in SA II?
Yes, Open Text based Assessment (OTBA) for Class IX will be applicable to all the main subjects. It will be a part of Summative Assessment II to be held in March, 2014. It will have questions of higher order thinking skills and some of which may be subjective, creative and open ended.
What is the minimum qualifying Grade in a subject in classes IX and X?
A candidate must obtain minimum Grade D in all five main subjects (excluding the 6th additional subject). The overall grade in each subject is determined on the basis of the student‟s performance in all the assessments (formative and summative), in an academic session as per the following weightage:
Term I: FA1 (10%) + FA2 (10%) + SA1(30%) = 50%
Term II: FA3 (10%) + FA4 (10%) + SA2(30%) = 50%
Are the grades of classes IX and X combined for CGPA?
No, grades of classes IX and X are not combined for CGPA. CGPA grade is allotted in class X only, and reflected in „Grade Sheet cum Certificate of Performance‟.
How is CGPA calculated?
The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is the average of Grade Points obtained in all the subjects (excluding additional 6th subject) as per Scheme of Studies.
An indicative equivalence of Grade Point and percentage of marks is computed as follows:
Subject wise indicative percentage of marks = 9.5 x GP of the subject
Overall indicative percentage of marks = 9.5 x CGPA
Is the same certificate issued after SA-II in class X for Board and school based exams?
Yes, a uniform „Grade Sheet cum Certificate of Performance‟ prepared, printed and signed by the Board is issued by the CBSE to all candidates at the end of class X.
Are the class IX marks added to class X marks?
No, the overall grade (calculated on the basis of all the assessments in an academic year) for classes IX and X is shown separately on the ‘Grade Sheet cum Certificate of Performance‟.
What will the results show when a candidate passes in the additional subject, but fails in one of the main subjects in class X?
With respect to a candidate offering an additional subject, the following norms are applied:
(a) A language offered as an additional subject replaces a language in the event of a candidate failing in the same, provided after replacement, the candidate has English/Hindi as one of the languages; and
(b) The replacement satisfies the conditions as laid down in the Scheme of Studies.
How can a candidate apply for verification of grades in class X?
Students who appeared for the School conducted Summative Assessment II (Scheme 1) at the Main examination or the Improvement of Performance examination may apply for verification of grades in their respective school(s) whereas those appearing in Scheme 2 may apply for verification of grades to the respective Regional Office of the Board. Student may apply within 21 days from the date of declaration of results for the Main exam held in March/ April and within 15 days for EIOP exam held in July
Will the „Grade Sheet cum Certificate of Performance‟ be same for Upgrading of Performance and main examination in class X?
No, candidate who appears for Upgrading of Performance is issued only Statement of Subject wise Performance reflecting the grades obtained in the said examination.
Is a candidate eligible to improve his / her performance?
Yes, a candidate who has passed class X examination of the Board may re-appear for Upgradation of Performance in one or more subjects in the main examination in the succeeding year only. The candidate may appear privately; those re-appearing for the entire examination can also appear as regular candidate if admitted by the school. The candidate(s) appearing for Upgradation of Performance can appear in the subject(s) in which they have appeared for the Examination.
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