CBSE CCE Overview

In order to releive students from stress they were undergoing due to year end board examinations. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) which will help schools to evaluate students at school level itself. After introduction there were many genuine questions regarding the quality, authenticity and transparency matters, keeping such questions in mind CBSE has issued some FAQs regarding same. Please do find the Q&A format.

It is mentioned in the Circular that March 2011 Class X examination will be based on the syllabus published in 2011 Curriculum document. But nothing has been mentioned about question paper pattern. Please clarify

In the light of recent changes introduced under CCE scheme, the termwise details of syllabus and question paper pattern for March 2011 are being worked out. Please wait for some time.

If a candidate appearing in class-X Board Examination this year fails, will he/she have to appear in Board examination again or go alongwith the new scheme of optional Board examinations.

He/She will be dealt with under the existing Board Examination scheme only.

Sir, I have failed in Class XII non-medical stream examination held this year. As a private candidate, I want to change Computer Science to some other subject. What is the procedure?

As per existing examination rules, change of subject, as desired by you, is not allowed.

My son is studying in class XII in commerce stream. He wants to offer Economics as an additional sixth subject. The school authorities are not agreeing. What to do?

A candidate must have studied a subject for two years. So, according to rules, he is not eligible to offer a new subject at this stage.

It is being claimed that removing Class-X Board examination will reduce tension. Will it not be better to prepare the students to face tension and become stronger citizens?

It is certainly not advisable to put the students to excessive tension due to examination, particularly during impressionable age and stage. There are other better methods to motivate them for academic excellence. One of these is to create challenging tasks and situations for brighter students. Better learning takes place in a supportive and friendly environment than in a threat situation.

Sir, Parents prefer to admit their wards to CBSE affiliated schools instead to Kerala State Board schools mainly due to strong Curriculum framework and examination pattern of CBSE. Introduction of grading system by Kerala Board was not appreciated by the people. The new grading system introduced by CBSE may also meet the same fate.

Please go through the circulars carefully. These are available on CBSE website . There will neither be reduction in syllabus nor dilution in standard of examinations. The question papers designed by the Board will be used by the schools, The curriculum is being re-organised but not diluted. Grading system is certainly more sound.

Dear Sir, India is known for its tough but quality education. The recently introduced changes are likely to drastically lower the standard of education in India. Is it not a retrogradive step?

The curriculum at Secondary stage has been re-organised but certainly not diluted. The pattern and standard of question papers will be decided by the Board. How will then the standard of education be lowered? Please remember that the role and functions of a school are distinctly different from a coaching centre. It is a step taken after lot of country-wide consultations and the new scheme focuses on holistic development of the learner.

Being a parent, I have many apprehensions. Will the marking of answer sheets at school level not be subjective? Will the grading system not be demotivating for academically brilliant students? Should not the Board have obtained mandate from parents and students before introducing the Scheme?

The new scheme has been introduced after countrywide consultations and discussions and takes care of quality and standard of education. Don’t you think that purpose of school education is not only to award marks or grades but to develop a well groomed personality? This has been strongly recommended by many educational experts in the past. In order to ensure objectivity in marking of answer sheets at school level, the board is also developing marking schemes and organize more training programmes for the teachers.

The students getting 81 marks or 90mmarks will be warded same grade A 2 How is it justified?

Using grading system for assessment of students is educationally more sound than awarding numerical scores. Grading system takes care of imperfections in the tools and techniques used in the assessment presently.

If Board examinations are made optional, there will be no pressure on students due to external examinations. Will it not result in lowering of their academic achievements?

There will still be examination based on Board’s syllabus. The pattern and standard of question paper will also be decided by the Board. This will take care of levels of learning. There are other better methods of motivating and inspiring students to achieve more than pressure due to Board examination.

I am a class X student. The Board has introduced grading system from this year. Will it also be possible to know percentage marks of any student?

No. The statement of performance of every student will show only grades.

Will the Board be issuing any separate marks sheet to students appearing in March 2010 Class-X examination?

The Board will be issuing statement of performance of a student in terms of grades. A separate Class-X qualifying certificate will also be issued as per the past practice.

CBSE will be issuing only a statement of grades showing performance of a student in Class X examination this year. I wish to admit my son in another CBSE school in Class-XI should I ask for the numerical scores from the Board for this purpose? Or should he have to take the optional examination?

No, the admission will be based on the grades obtained by the student. All students, including students from the, second school, will be having grades as indicators of performance.

I am a Class X student. I want to know whether there will be any overall grading including all subjects? Should a student aspire to score a maximum of about 91 or 92 percent marks since this will correspond to the highest grade A 1.

No, there will be no overall grading. Remember, you should work hard for maximum learning and not only to get more marks or higher grades. A student getting 92 percent is not really worse than the one getting 100 percent marks.

For some entrance examinations, it is essential to indicate the marks obtained in Board examination as eligibility criterion. How will this be possible?

Entrance examination eligibility criterion generally requires marks obtained in class-XII Board examination. However, if any such situation arises, the actual marks obtained in Class-X examination can also be obtained form the Board through a separate request forwarded through the Principal of the School. In years to come, the eligibility criteria may also get modified in terms of grades.

Will the introduction of grading system not be demotivating for those students who aspire to compete of AIEEE, IIT-JEE, AIPMT or other competitive examinations?

Grading is being introduced at Class-X level and not at Class-XII level. Students aspiring for qualifying competitive examinations will have to prepare thoroughly right from lower classes and cannot afford to be casual at any stage.

I am a school psychologist. Is it fair to assess a child in areas like social skills and emotional skills for which there are hardly any inputs? Moreover, environmental factors play an important role in acquisition of these skills for which students cannot be held responsible.

As psychologist you will understand and appreciate that development of desired social skills and emotional skills are very important in one’s life. Once it has been made a part of assessment scheme, schools will certainly provide conducive environment and specific learning experiences to help the students acquire these skills. Schools are also being told about the same.

I understand that the academic year has been divided into two terms. Will the topics covered in first term be included in the second term examination?


Sir, will the March,2010 examination for Class-IX include the entire syllabus or part of it. Will the termwise syllabus be made available to us in advance for Class-X of the academic session 2010-11 ?

March, 2010 Class-IX examination will include only part of the syllabus. The related information is already available on CBSE website. Term-wise syllabus for Class-X for the next academic session has also been finalised and will be made available to schools shortly.

Sir, According to the circulars, there will be two Formative Assessments in every term. Our school has already conducted two unit tests alongwith assignments and practicals. Will the assessment of these tests have weightage under the new scheme?

Yes, Please read circular number 42 and Teachers’ manual. The formative assessments will include unit tests, project work, assignments, practical work etc.

My daughter is presently studying in Class-IX in a Senior Secondary School. Please let me know the assessment scheme to be followed in Class-X next year. Can she appear for the public examination in Class-X for self-interest? How can she choose her subjects in Class XI?

No, but she can take proficiency test if she wishes to assess herself externally. Class-X Assessment Scheme for her next year will be based on CCE Scheme which includes many facts of personality of the child without dilution in academic levels. Subjects in Class-XI can be chosen on the basis of CCE Card and aptitude test (if taken).

Ours is a Senior Secondary School in Ghaziabad, U.P. Every year, some students shift to other schools in Delhi in order to prepare better for competitive examinations. Can these students appear in class-X Board Examination which will facilitate their admission in the other schools?

No. All schools affiliated to CBSE will be honouring CCE Report Card issued by any other school for all purposes. Please remember that your admission in any other school will also depend on your actual academic brilliance than merely marks or grades. Other schools may also use aptitude test for admission purpose.

I am a parent and also a psychologist and interact with students and parents regularly. How can the Board ensure objectively in assessment in non-scholastic areas, particularly in case of personal biasing and partiality on the part of some teachers.

Assessment of students in co-scholastic areas will be done by a group of teachers and not by a single teacher. This will be taking care of your apprehensions. Moreover, parents can always approach the school Principal in case of any dissatisfaction.

Sir, The Board is talking about reducing stress of Class X students of Senior Secondary schools by abolishing the Board examinations. What about the stress on Class-X students of Secondary Schools? Is it not mere discrimination?

The Board has taken first step and will consider your observation and suggestion. There may be further modifications in the scheme in years to come.

It is good to know that steps have been initiated by the Board to improve performance of weak students. But about bright students who aspire to excel in academics and get admission in best colleges or professional institutions? It is suggested that the Board may also indicate the total aggregate marks of a student in the grade card which will facilitate his/her admission in a college.

It may be clearly understood that the grading system has been introduced only at secondary stage. Admission in colleges or professional institutions is done after senior Secondary stage where direct numerical scores are awarded. The new scheme does not lead to dilution in academic attainments. The curriculum is simply being re-designed and the examination pattern and standard will be taken care of by the Board.

Many teachers are involved in individual coaching and tuitions to their own students. How can the new scheme ensure that such teachers do not indulge in granting favours to such students?

Marking of answersheets will be done following a given marking scheme. Formative Assessment will be based on two or three different tools and techniques. This should minimize possible favours. Moreover, the answersheets will be given back to the students who can always approach the Principal in case of any doubts.

Assessment in co-scholastic areas will be done by a team of teachers instead of a single teacher.

How can the Board ensure transparency in assessment of students in co-scholastic areas under the new scheme of CCE?

Teachers, particularly those working in so called reputed or prestigious schools, will be pressurised to give higher grades, else they get different kinds of mental humiliation.

You suggestion for transparency is well taken and Board will initiate steps in that direction.

Assessment in co-scholastic areas will be done by a team of teachers instead of a single teacher. Parents also need to be sensitised about the relative merits of objective assessment of their wards in co-scholastic areas.

Sir, as a parent I have many apprehensions about the newly introduced CCE scheme such as:

  • a) Are all the teachers in schools professionally equipped to assess the student in co-scholastic areas in an unbiased and non-judgmental manner?
  • b) Some schools change their teachers frequently. How can the parents trust the assessment in co-scholastic areas in such schools?
  • c) Too much time of school calendar is consumed in teaching different topics in the syllabus. The teachers resort to giving assignments and projects to be done by the students after school hours in a mechanical manner. No time is devoted to discussions, debates, quizzes or providing additional inputs to weak or bright students. Even projects and assignment are done by the parents with the help of internet. How can this anomaly be taken care of. Please clarify?

Thank you for raising genuine concerns.

  • a) Efforts are on and will continue for organising desired teacher training programmes.
  • b) It is hoped that schools will understand the requirements of new scheme. Directions will also be issued to schools to minimise such a situation.
  • c) Many schools have been undertaking variety of desired activities successfully even before CCE scheme was introduced. They may have to re-design their schedule of activities to meet the requirements of CCE. Teachers will certainly have to think hard to plan curriculum in such a way that sufficient time is set aside for active and integrated learning experiences. Teacher Training programmes will address some of these issues.

I want to know the future of secondary schools. On what basis the students of these schools will get admission in other Boards? Will not the parents be little hesitant in putting their children in secondary schools?

Why should there be any apprehension about the future of secondary schools? Accordingly to the present scheme, there will be routine Board examination for students studying in these schools. Marks obtained by students in Board Examination will be used for admission in any other school. Besides, all schools will be honouring CCE cards. Even the other state Board’s of Education are being pursued to issue necessary directions to schools in this regard.

Your second apprehension does not appear to be true.

Will CCE be implemented only in Classes IX and X? Or in other classes also.

In all the classes upto Secondary Stage. The detailed guidelines for classes VI-VIII will be made available to all the schools shortly.

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  • Mr .sunny

    Sir, I am really worried about the new system of CBSE' THE CC E' .Which I feel as a guardian the non scholastic areas will be completely biased and depending upon the teachers favouritism , the ordinary pupils who are always underestimated and looked down will be neglected. Kindly give your opinion regarding this issue as we the parents of such students are really in tension

    • Gyanguru

      Assessment of students in co-scholastic areas will be done by a group of teachers and not by a single teacher. This will be taking care of your apprehensions. Moreover, parents can always approach the school Principal in case of any dissatisfaction.

  • Mr .sunny

    Sir, I am really worried about the new system of CBSE' THE CC E' .Which I feel as a guardian the non scholastic areas will be completely biased and depending upon the teachers favouritism , the ordinary pupils who are always underestimated and looked down will be neglected. Kindly give your opinion regarding this issue as we the parents of such students are really in tension

  • vijisriram

    Sir, I would like to know if the grading system will be implemented for the younger children too?

  • HELP!!

    sir am a student of 10th n the cce sucks real time…its not that all of the students have a good environment at home and it becomes stressfull to learn the things everyday. even if you miss out on one day portions and unluckily if the teacher decides to take a test the next day…..its really really stressfull…during boards we had to slog in the last 6 months but now the equal amount of stress we are under going throughout the year..

  • Always wish 2 b unknown

    I'm a student who is among the “Expirimental batch” for the new CCE system. I can;t agree with any of the comments as more than having reduced my tension, I'm burdened with more work….The CCE system is putting a lot of pressure on the students on day-to-day basis while the former system was only exam-time stress…Not only of that, this system completel;y mixes studies with extracurricular….Frankly, i feel this system qiute depressing, personally

  • sudharsanr

    After 10 th Std ( New CBSE CCE ), Can I join in State Board.

  • mansajan

    will IX cce marksheet go along with X cce marksheet

  • karan

    grading system was fantastic

  • aarsh

    Sir, i am aarsh i have recently appeared in 12th exams, 2009-2010. i have failed in examination. i had non medical stream. can i now give 12 th exam again via private basis. i had subjects physics, chemistry, maths, english, physical education. please guide me… can i appear again in exam on private basis… so what about practical exams of physics, chemistry and physical education…. what will be my centre for the exam?? and what about my internal assessment…. and how to apply for private basis?? what is procedure for that…kindly guide me sir…


    I am from a CBSE affiliated school – KSA . I've done my +1 there. My combination is English,PCB and Home Science due to some problems I had to come to INDIA , but seeking an in +2 admission here is a PROBLEM 'coz here there is no option as H.Sc. and so i m not getting admission .

    • Gyanguru

      Incase, you are in Delhi or in any metropolitian city, you should try some top public schools like DPS, Amity International, Ryan International, Mother's international, Modern School, St. Columba's, etc as they have H.Sc as a subject which you could take up as an optional.

      P.S. The list of schools I gave is for New Delhi city, but you might find DPS at every corner of the world.

  • Koolnik14

    I Did not liked CCE Pattern at all as children will not be able to compete amongst themselves and they will not get prepared for Class XII

  • Chiyani

    Should students be allowed to assess themselves?

  • Anitagarg

    How board will ensure that justice is being done to students by teachers in co-scholostic areas ,

  • Taresh Mittal21

    sir, I m a student of class-12 commerece want to change my optional subject from mathematics to information practices because i was unable to copeup and i got complementary in mathematics in class-11. may i able to change my optional subject?

  • J.kaur

    Will American schools teach hindi (foreign language) using communicative method and CCE in their country to the Americans? We are blindly aping the western methods of teaching without realising that english is not our mother tongue. More than 96% class sit with their mouths shut as they can not speak in english in govt schools especially majority that come from homes where english is neither spoken nor heard..It is criminal to use this method .

  • Itishree Nanda

    My ward studies in a school where classes are there up to Class X. Whether my ward can opt for Board Examination or whether CCE is compulsory?

  • Armaan

    If a student want to give boards instead of CCE evaluation will it be possible for thatstudent to give boards in 10 class(2010-2011) session.

  • nita

    sir, i want to know that if a person wants to give board exams in the year 2010-2011 then when do we have to inform the school authorities about it? And then what would be the ratio of the %ages of the internal and board exams?

  • Akku_justjazzonncool

    In new CCE pattern children are given lots and lots of projects, homeworks, assiangments etc, they are not finding time to study.I request you to decrease the burdon.I also have a doubt about the result, will the marks in the Reportcard be given in the from of grades or in the form of marks??????

  • Mohit Modi

    i am a 11 commerce student . I want to know how much does cce will carry in 12 board exams.
    Does it will applicable in 2012?

  • Kj_08feb

    CCE is not reducing pressure on students instead it is increasing . Class X students who at this time instead of being busy with their studies are busy with projects and quizzes and various programmes. Now when the exams will come they will be in more tension as they are not prepared for it . Teachers are giving so many projects and assignments , is that what you call 'reducing pressure ' on students mind?

  • Ahsan Khalid7

    is computer cumpolsory

  • Ahsan Khalid7

    sir is computer a compulsory subject in class x

  • sushant

    is there relation between formative and board examination

  • sushant

    sir, will it be home center in the board examination of class 10th in 2011

  • sushant

    will it be home centre in board examination of 2011 of class 10th

  • Sheeba.SPrincipal

    Sir, please let me know the practical portions (Physics and Biology) of class IX and X
    for 2010-2011 for the Ist and IInd semesters.

  • Abhishek1300

    this cce method is just a show off, the pressure has not decreased infastct incresed students barely get time to study just busy with internet useless projects submissions copying from another s copy or book though the submissions will not be of any use after sa1 the chapters included in sa1 will not be revised thereafter in this academic year so students opting for p c m or bio will face a lot of problems in 11 class . internet can be a vital part for college students but at this tender age of 14 or 15 this is disgusting for students to put themselves in net world serving a huge amount of shit stuff, the generation who studied through previous method or faced board exams are quite equipped with better ideas and performing good in present scenario so why to put this cce method where teachers will behave like lord of rings . and lastly in country like india having a large no of festivals student ids hardly getting time to be with there family and share some values through social gatherings now in this present system hardly gets time to sleep, this method was’nt good for us niether for indian where a child is more attached to his parents , this method is creating a hole in parents and childs relationship please withdraw this and resume board exams

  • Pathakrahul77

    sir i m a student of class 10 now .sir i want to take science in class 11 but there is no science streem in my school so in this condition what should i have to do? sir plese rpl me b,coz this very importent for me

  • Sakshhibajaj1995

    sir i`m not changing my cbse board still can i aapear for board exams

  • Happysarthak3

    sir i m reading class 11 in odisha n if now i want 2 change my school and go to out of state and read in cbse school .. can i do this ,,???

  • Pranav

    can i know the the pattern of cce ?

  • Vasudha

    please tell me dat for changing school we have to give board or not as i am interested to give boards. please clear my doubt.

  • Shubham

    sir,if i gave bord exam will i able to take admission in any of the cbse collage?according to our school if i gave ssc then i will nt be able to take admission in a state collage..which one is ryt??

  • C.V.Raman

    Sir, I wish to know the difference between Home exam CCE pattern AND Board exam for X th appearing in 2011.Please advice, shall we appear for Board exam, or I choose both. The result declared by this CBSE board, how far it is justified for future service career.

    Venkat, Allahabad

  • Ishan Phogat

    Sir, I am a student of class X and I am not going for board exams, will it follow cce pattern or like last years.

  • Ishan Phogat

    Sir, I am going for board in 10 instead of cce, how marks are distributed. Please tell me.

  • Anonymous

    sir i m in 10th n in 11th i wanted to get science .for getting science in 11th what should be my grades so that i can get science in 11th or what is the procedure to get science in 11th

  • Anonymous

    sir i m in 10 n in 11th i want to choose science for this what is the procedure

  • Nimi

    sir iam intersted in knowing that will there be need of giving board exam if we wish to change board and tell me about internal marks .please tell me about it soon.

  • Sonal Saumya class-10

    In case of giving all powers to the school teachers there is more chances of partiality but in caseof board examinations there is no such kind if what will we do to stop partiality?

  • Bhagwanbharose08

    its been observed that the teachers children are getting a lot of favors.damn it they are not even studying the whole year and still in internal assessments or in FA’s they are being privileged with sheer partiality. so what’s your take on it???? Isn’t cce a great treat for the laadlas of our teachers. Even academically strong students are getting demotivated by seeing their”GOOD MARKS”.Damn these teachers and their children.These people say that this system is going to improve our personalities then i wanna ask them one question are they themselves damn improved?????????????

  • Awdeash kumar

    dear sir ,
    I suppose to state that this scheme is mere a support to those who are crippled in studies but are good enough in monetry

  • Concerned Parent

    There is a lot of hype about the benefits of CCE, but nothing is being said about the maximum number of students in a class. The classes are jammed with students.this undermines the benefits whatsoever of CCE. The teachers, parents and students are more stressed than ever.

  • Kumareshrobino

    sir will the cce be implemented for 12th also?

  • Anand7vardhan6

    sir, i want to know that what will be my syllabus IF I AM READING IN CLASS 10. AND MY SCHOOL IS AFFILIATED UPTO CLASS 10. THIS CCE PATERN HAS LED ME CHAOS.

  • ishan Trivedi

    sir i want to know that the question paper for the students tose who are giving board and those who are giving schoo conduced exam will be same or not

  • ishan Trvedi

    i think the new pattern is increasing the burdern of students.I dont of other school but in my school we are getting lots and lots of projects.i have a question that if a child will spend most of the time in making project then he/she will study.and i also want to say that the teacher can to partialty in giving FA’S mark.

  • Kunalkishore91

    sir i want to continued in cbse but i want to give cbse board exam. is it possible?

  • Varnika Varnika Sharma540

    i think this pattern releive student from tension and stress … so i like this pattern ..

  • tarun

    sir,i have failed in 10+2 exam,non med,.gmsss sector 37 cbse chd,i want to drop and shift my branch in commerce in cbse,can u guide me what s is procedure for same.sir,plz reply me

  • prateek

    sir i’m in class 10th and i opt for cce pattern i just want to know that should i able to change the school for class 11th?

  • Angelll002

    can a student change his/her school from class 9 to 10 in in cce pattern in same city??

  • Aashiq Mac

    i m student of class Xth i had choosen the cce pattern.,i just only wanna now that is a cce student also get the roll no just like in board.

  • Jyoti Kalantri

    Sir, please let us konw if the student of class X, if he wants to go for Diploma in Engineering after 10th, how he will get the admission in Diploma colleges?

  • Tejalbs

    will the class 9 results have a weightage on the result sheet of class 10. if yes, is it 5% weightage ? how will it be counted in case students will get grades and in case of special cases of students who will get marks

  • Slakha

    How could we get total percentage of marks in CCE grade system? How we calculate the same?

  • shubham

    sir what is the benefit of cce for class 11th and 12th? subject teachers are not cooperating with students those who are participating in other activities such as sports,music,etc. sir for participating we are getting punishment…

  • shubham

    sir I am a student of science stream of class11th….and has failed in physics.compartment only from cbse board……AIR FORCE SCHOOL,AMBALA CANTT…….rather i am a student who participate in curricular activities ……can’t i get admission in 12th std cbse board at any school….?

  • Naumannauman Singh98

    Sir i am a Student of Non-Medical of +2 Standard.Now i want to change my stream to Medical is it possible?????

  • ban cce



  • Jazz 2222

    Will +1 admission be based on 1st term?????

  • priyanka

    is CCE implemented for classes XI and XII also???

  • Nikshitha Hegde

    is cce implemented for class 11 and 12 too(in bangalore) ????? my whole EDUCATION depends on this….so PLEASE answer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sid

      no it is the bad pattern

  • Suzenkapoor

    if any student of class x fail so they have to repeat again or not?

  • Raonraos

     sir how can we conclude our marks  or position in cce

    • Gyanguru

      CCE has been implemented to fight with the parental and peer pressure surrounding marks. Grading system brings a whole bunch of students together so that they don’t feel they’ve under performed and not lose faith in themselves.

      You cannot conclude marks in CCE, also this is exempted from RTI and CBSE is allowed not to reveal marks.

  • preeti

    About the newly introduced 
    continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system, what we have experienced so far is that the students are continuously involved in making and presenting their projects, and because of submission of a huge number of projects with the mentors, they are unable to pay attention to an individual students’ performance. 

    Also, the system has given a lot of powers in the hands of mentors. Because of continuous evaluation, the mentors tend to be biased towards their favorite pupil thus overshadowing the performances of the rest of the students. Also, the parents as well as the students refrain from speaking openly about their problems with the concerned teachers, as they fear it might offend the them and the consequences will be visible in the evaluation of the students as the scoring system is now no longer binary. Its completely in the hands of mentors how much they want to grade a student for a project of say 10 marks. A student can randomly be awarded 5 or 6 or 10 based on mentors discretion. There is no strict line drawn as to when to award marks 5 and when 6.

  • Utsav jain

    is hindi also a main subject? Because many students come from non hindi-speaking communities and apart from the load of subjects like maths and science, he/she will have to learn and score good marks in a subject completely alien to him/her.