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New Exam Pattern for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2017-18

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CBSE New Assessment Scheme for class 10 board examination for session 2017-18 is issued. In new scheme of examination, CCE and term system has been replaced with single annual exam by CBSE itself. The exam will be conducted by CBSE for 80 marks and other 20 marks are kept with schools for internal assessment. CBSE has issued detailed guidelines on how the internal marks will be divided among different activities.

The same scheme of assessment will be applicable to classes VI to X in all CBSE affiliated schools.

CBSE New Assessment SchemeThe 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 (CBSE New Assessment Scheme)

Total 100 marks

(Syllabus for assessment will be only Class-X)

Subjects80 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)
Language 1Board 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:Regularity


Neatness &
upkeep of

Speaking and listening
Language 2Speaking and listening
SciencePractical Lab work
MathematicsMaths Lab Practical
SocialScienceMap 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: CBSE New Assessment Scheme

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.

ActivityTo 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 EducationBy 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 EducationBy 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 TeacherHealth & 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.

CBSE New 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.

Annexure-I (CBSE New Assessment Scheme)

Additional Subjects:

Total 100 Marks(Syllabus for assessment will be only Class-X)
SubjectBoard ExaminationInternal 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.
LanguageModalities defined as in case of Languages 1 and 2 are to be
Home ScienceBoard Class-X Examination for 75
Practical Examination 25
FIT/ICTBoard Class-X Examination for 40
Practical Examination 60
Elements of BusinessBoard 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
PaintingBoard Class-X Examination for 100
Carnatic MusicBoard Class-X Examination for 25
Practical Examination 75
Hindustani MusicBoard Class-X Examination for 25
Practical Examination 75
NCCBoard 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

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52 thoughts on “New Exam Pattern for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2017-18”

  1. Kyaa aap ko hamare hi time mila that ye SB krne ko
    Mere 2 unit test bad gyee h
    Ye SB CBSE ko abhi krna that kyaa
    This is so hard for me

  2. It is good for all the students
    Because some students are not good in study but they can passed many classes. Now only hardworking students are passed.thank-you cbse

  3. What if anyone in 10th board fails in the 6th or additional subject and have passed in the other subjects?
    Will it effect the overall result??

  4. I’ve a query plz someone help me… is this true that 10 marks of exams are going in the boards… I got a news that it’s just to encourage the students to get marks and not levee anything to prepare at last moment… otherwise no exam marks are going top boards only copies and activity marks are going… is this true. Plz someone tell

  5. Kindly issue chapter wise marking scheme for maths .science and social science. …otherwise students will be over burdened

  6. I am from St. Paul’s Sr. Sec. School Jodhpur. No practicals are done this year today date is 21/02/2018 preparation leaves are started.

  7. I am from St. Paul’s Sr. Sec. School Jodhpur. No practicals are done this year today date is 21/02/2018 preparation leaves are started.

  8. I’m not happy …..bcz this is total unfair for the students of class 12 …….this rule was follow for the students of class 12 also

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