CBSE students to score minimum 25% in summative assessment

By Madhurie Singh, January 30, 2014

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with new guidelines for students. It is now mandatory for a class IX students of CBSE board to score a minimum of 25 per cent marks in summative assessments (SA) in order to qualify to be promoted to the next class. Although, the amendment was introduced last year only, the students are facing the effects now, with SA2 just a month away.

Before the rule had been passed, a student’s mark sheet included the cumulative scores from two SAs and four formative assessments (FA) for each subject. But the change means that now a student will have to obtain a minimum of 15 marks out of 60 in each SA.

Though for the current year, it will be applicable for only Class IX students, but from next year, the Class X students will also have to follow the same criterion.

Also, according to a CBSE notice issued last y ear, the students not only have to score at least 25 per cent marks in the summative assessments (SA1+SA2), but they also have to maintain attendance in both the SAs. This means, that just in case, a student is unable to sit for the exam due to illness, he/she will have to reappear for the exam within a stipulated time.

The notice added that just in case, a student is inclined towards sports, and participates in sports at National/ International level organized by recognized federations/ CBSE / SGFI during the same month of the conduct of SA, he/she can be exempted from one of the SAs, though the student has to take prior approval from the Board for the same.

In such cases, marks obtained in SA1 shall also be indicated for the SA2 by the Board.


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