New Education Policy

The larger context of education is to prepare futuristic citizens for a meaningful and productive life in a globalised society. There is dire need to strengthen the education system even more so in a pluralistic society which addresses itself to a heterogeneous group. Evaluation is a means of realizing the extent to which we have been successful in imparting such an education. Evaluation is an indispensable part of the educational process as some form of assessment is necessary to determine the effectiveness of teaching learning processes and their assimilation by learners.

External Examinations “are largely inappropriate for the ‘knowledge society’ of the 21st century and its ‘need for innovative problem solvers’, Questions if not framed well, “call for rote memorization and fail to test higher – order skills like reasoning and analysis, lateral thinking, creativity and judgment.

External exams make no allowance for different types of learners and learning environments and induce an in-ordinate level of anxiety and stress”.

This calls for a functional and reliable system of School - Based Evaluation.

We need to look at the holistic assessment of a learner which also includes co-scholastic area of  Life Skills, Attitudes and Values, Sports and Games as well as Co-Curricular activities. The CCE scheme aims at addressing this in a holistic manner. A number of National Committees and commissions in the past have consistently made recommendations regarding reducing emphasis on external examination and encouraging internal assessment through School – Based Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation.

Therefore, CCE scheme brings about a paradigm shift from examination to effective pedagogy.

Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development also announced – “Push the process of examination reform in accordance with NCF 2005. This will include making the Class X examination optional, thus permitting students continuing in the same school (and who do not need a Board Certificate) to take an internal assessment instead.”

In the light of the above background, surveys and consultations with various stake holders across the country and given mandate of CBSE, the Board, on the advice of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has decided to introduce the following scheme:

1. Scheme of the Board
1.1 Senior Secondary Schools
a) There will be no Class X Board Examination w.e.f 2011 for students studying in CBSE’s Senior Secondary Schools and who do not wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X.

b)However, such students of Senior Secondary Schools who wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X (Pre – University, Vocational Course, Change of Board, etc.) will be required to take the Board’s External (Pen and Paper written / online ) Examination.

c)Further, those students who wish to assess themselves vis – a – vis their peers or for self assessment will be allowed to appear in an On – Demand (Pen and Paper / Online) Proficiency test.

1.2 Secondary Schools
The student studying in CBSE’s Secondary Schools will however be required to appear in Board’s External (Pen and Paper Written / Online) Examination because they will be leaving the secondary school after Class X.

1.3 All Schools
1.3.1 The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) will be strengthened in all affiliates schools with effect from October, 2009 in Class IX.

1.3.2       An optional Aptitude Test developed by the CBSE will also be available to the students. The Aptitude Test along with other school records and CCE would help students, parents and teachers in deciding the choice of subjects for Class XI.

1.3.3 The new grading system will be introduced at Secondary School level (for Class IX & X) effective from 2009 – 10 Academic session. The details of the grading schemes are being circulated in a separate advisory to Schools.


The Board has decided to introduce the below grading scheme at Secondary level for classes IX & X from the current academic year 2009 – 10. Accordingly, the “Statement of Subject wise Performance” to be issued by the Board w.e.f the Class X Examination 2010 will have only grades.

Marks Range


Grade Point

91 – 100



81 – 90



71 – 80



61 – 70



51 – 60



41 – 50



33- 40



21 – 32



20 and below



Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)
The CBSE has introduced CCE for Classes IX & X through which the students will  be assessed through the CCE by the school itself. In general, for the purpose of the CCE, an academic year has been divided into two terms. The first term will be from April – September and the second term from October to March.

The CCE in Classes IX & X is intended to provide holistic profile of the learner through evaluation of both scholastic and co-scholastic areas spread over two terms each during two academic years.

Each term will have two formative assessments and one summative assessment for evaluation of scholastic areas.

The weightage of Formative Assessment (FA) and Summative Assessment (SA) shall be as follows:


Type of Assessment

% of weightage in academic session

Term wise weightage


First Term
(April – Sept)

Formative Assessment – 1


Formative Assessment –
 1 + 2 = 20%

Formative = 40%
Summative = 60%
Total 100%

Formative Assessment – 2


Summative Assessment – 1


Summative Assessment 1 – 20%

Second Term
(Oct – March)

Formative Assessment – 3


Formative Assessment –
 3 + 4 = 20%

Formative Assessment – 4


Summative Assessment - 2


Summative Assessment 2 – 40%

In addition to the Scholastic areas, co-scholastic areas like Life Skills, Attitudes and Values, Participation and Achievement in activities involving Literary & Creative Skills, Scientific Skills, Aesthetic skills and performing Arts & Clubs and Health and Physical Education will also be evaluated and grades will be provided.
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