CBSE New Exam Format for Classes VI to IX

CBSE (central Board of secondary education) has formally replaced the comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme with a new format – a uniform system of assessment examination and report card for class VI to IX from the coming academic year (2017-2018).

The CCE scheme for classes VI to IX being followed in affiliated schools since 2009. The aims of the new scheme are to standardising teaching and evaluation across schools.

Now from the coming academic year, all students will be under a “uniform assessment" process of class VI to IX and schools will have to adhere to CBSE template, from examination to report cards, which will now bear the logo of the board.

R-K-Chaturvedi-CBSE-Chairperson-jpgThe CBSE chairperson R K Chaturvedi said the new format the new step is linked to the restoration of the class X board examinations from 2018. a new format said,   is a gradual approach towards quality education through standardising of teaching, assessment, examination and report card.The uniform standards had become imperative because disparities in the education system were creating problems for students whenever they migrated to another school.

The uniform system will ensure that easy migration of students can take place within the CBSE schools and also ease their difficulties while seeking admission in new schools.

The new report cards for classes VI to VIII will be identical with rows which specify the terms, periodic, notebook, subject enrichment and half yearly/ yearly marks scored in each subject and the corresponding grades. It will also have a co-scholastic assessment where students will be graded on a 3-point scale.

The format changes in Class IX where the report card will have scores of a single yearly term comprising a periodic test, notebook, subject enrichment and annual examination. The co-scholastic grading will be on a five-point grading scale.

Earlier in the CCE scheme students were assessed on the basis of two term-end 'summative assessments and four formative assessments (two each in each term). In the CCE, scheme 60% of the assessment was pen-paper tests, while 40% formative assessment during the year.

half-yearly-examThe new scheme too has two terms, but the pen-paper test will be now 90%, which includes the marks 80 of the half-yearly OR Yearly exam and 10 marks of the 20 marks set aside for periodic assessment in each term. Each term will be of 100 marks of which 10 marks will be for notebook submission and subject enrichment (five marks each) under periodic assessment.

While the half-yearly (term 1) exams for all the classes from VI onwards will be based on syllabus covered until the exam time, the syllabus for yearly exams will have a slightly different format. These exams will increasing cover more of term 1 syllabus, starting with 10% for Class VI, 20% for Class VII and 30% for Class VIII.

The CBSE chairperson R K Chaturvedi said "This is to gradually prepare the students for Class IX and higher classes where they will have to appear for exams for the entire syllabus.

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CBSE New Exam Format for Classes VI to IX was last modified: March 23rd, 2017 by Rahul Kumar