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New Assessment Structure for Class 10 Board Exams from 2018

The dual scheme of examination for Class X known hitherto as Scheme-I and Scheme-ll shall stand discontinued for the students appearing in Class-X from the Academic Year 2017-18 and onwards.

The examination from Academic Year 2017-18 and onwards would be conducted as per the remodeled assessment structure explained below. However, for Class-X students appearing in Academic Year 2016-17 examination, the existing scheme of assessment would apply.


Remodeled assessment structure effective from the Academic Year 2017-18 for Class X

Scholastic Area

Total 100 marks

(Syllabus for assessment will be only Class-X)


80 Marks

(Board Examination)

Student has to secure
33% marks out of 80
marks in each subject

20 Marks

(Internal Assessment)

Student has to secure 33% marks out of overall 20 marks earmarked in each subject

Periodic Test
(10 Marks)
(5 Marks)
Subject Enrichment
(5 Marks)
(i) (ii) (iii)
Language 1 Board will conduct Class-X Examination for 80 marks in each subject covering 100% syllabus of the subject of Class-X only.Marks and Grades both will be awarded for Individual subjects.9-point grading will be same as followed by the Board in Class XII. Periodic
written Test,
restricted to
three in each
subject in an
Year.Average of the best two tests to be taken for
final marks
This will cover:



Neatness &
upkeep of

Speaking and listening
Language 2 Speaking and listening
Science Practical Lab work
Mathematics Maths Lab Practical


Map Work and Project
6th Additional
Scheme of studies for 6th additional subject is detailed in Annexure – I.

Note: In case student opts a language as 6th additional subject the modalities
defined for Languages 1 and 2 shall be followed.


Periodic Test (10 marks):

The school should conduct three periodic written tests in the entire academic year and the average of the best two will be taken. The schools have the autonomy to make its own schedule. However, for the purpose of gradient learning, three tests may be held as one being the mid-term test and other the two being pre mid and post mid-term with portion of syllabus cumulatively covered. The gradually increasing portion of contents would prepare students acquire confidence for appearing in the Board examination with 100% syllabus. The school will take the average of the best two tests for final marks submission.

Notebook Submission (5 marks):

Notebook submission as a part of internal assessment is aimed at enhancing seriousness of students towards preparing notes for the topics being taught in the classroom as well as assignments. This also addresses the critical aspect of regularity, punctuality, neatness and notebook upkeep.

Subject Enrichment Activities (5 marks):

These are subject specific application activities aimed at enrichment of the understanding and skill development. These activities are to be recorded internally by respective subject teachers.

For Languages: Activities conducted for subject enrichment in languages should aim at equipping the learner to develop effective speaking and listening skills.

For Mathematics: The listed laboratory activities and projects as given in the prescribed publication of CBSE/NCERT may be followed.

For Science: The listed practical works / activities may be carried out as prescribed by the CBSE in the curriculum.

For Social Science: Map and project work may be undertaken as prescribed by the CBSE in the curriculum.

Co- Scholastic Activities:

Schools should promote co-curricular activities for the holistic development of the student. These activities will be graded on a 5-point grading scale (A to E) and will have no descriptive indicators. No upscaling of grades will be done.

Activity To be graded on a 5-point scale
(A-E) in school
Areas and Objectives

(as prescribed in the Scheme of Studies for Subjects of Internal Assessment)

Work Education or Pre-Vocational Education By the concerned
Work education is a distinct curricular area for
students for participation in social, economic and welfare activities. Student gets a sense of
community service and develops self-reliance.(for Pre-Vocational Education as per Scheme of Studies)
Art Education By the VA/PA or
the concerned
Art Education constitutes an important area of
curricular activity for development of wholesome personality of the students. Students will select one or more forms of creative arts.
Health & Physical
(Sports / Martial
Arts / Yoga / NCC
By the PE Teacher Health & Physical Activity preferably sports must be given a regular period. Students should be provided opportunities to get professionally trained in the area of their interest. Indigenous sports, yoga and
NCC must be encouraged in the schools creating a sense of physical fitness, discipline, sportsmanship, patriotism, self-sacrifice and health care.

Discipline (Attendance. Sincerity. Behaviour. Values):

Discipline significantly impacts career shaping and it helps build character. Sincerity, good behavior and values develop strength and foster unity and co-operation. Therefore, the element of discipline has been introduced. Class teacher will be responsible for grading the students on a Five-point scale (A to E).

The internal assessment comprising 20 marks (10+5+5) entails objectivity and a structured approach. For a holistic assessment, the teachers are expected to make it an effective tool.


Records pertaining to the internal assessment of the students done by the schools will be maintained for a period of three months from the date of declaration of result for verification at the discretion of the Board. Subjudiced cases, if any or those involving RTI/ Grievances may however be retained beyond three months.

Assessment Scheme for Class-VI to IX in the CBSE affiliated schools:

The CBSE affiliated schools, for the purpose of uniformity in classes VI to IX may, replicate the same assessment model as described above for Class-X for Academic Year 2017-18.

The above scheme must be implemented in letter and spirit.


Additional Subjects:

Total 100 Marks

(Syllabus for assessment will be only Class-X)

Subject Board Examination Internal Assessment
Student has to secure 33% marks
out of marks earmarked in each
subject covering 100% syllabus of
the subject.
Student has to secure 33%
marks out of the marks
earmarked in each subject.
Language Modalities defined as in case of Languages 1 and 2 are to be
Home Science Board Class-X Examination for 75
Practical Examination 25
FIT/ICT Board Class-X Examination for 40
Practical Examination 60
Elements of Business Board Class-X Examination for 100
Elements of Book-
keeping and
Board Class-X Examination for 100
e-publishing & e-
office English or Hindi
Board Class-X Examination for 30
Practical Examination 70
Painting Board Class-X Examination for 100
Carnatic Music Board Class-X Examination for 25
Practical Examination 75
Hindustani Music Board Class-X Examination for 25
Practical Examination 75
NCC Board Class-X Examination for 70
Annual Training Camp 30


  • Student opting for a language, as the 6th additional subject will follow the modalities defined as in case of Languages 1 and 2 in the main circular.
  • Practical examination in Hindustani Music (75 marks), Carnatic Music (75 marks), Home Science (25 marks), FIT/ICT (60 marks), e-publishing & e-office English or Hindi – as one of the optional under Commerce (70 marks), will be conducted by the schools and marks will be reported to the Board. For further details about options available and breakup of marks please refer to the syllabi of the discipline concerned in the Secondary curriculum document 2017-18.

Via CBSE Circular: Acad-05/2017



  • Jitendar Chayal

    Hi please confirm how to verify the school is affiliated to CBSE and from which Circle..