CBSE Board Exam 2024

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is gearing up for the upcoming board exams for classes 10 and 12, and there are some key announcements that students should be aware of. As the practical exams kick off on January 1, 2024, followed by the theory exams starting from February 15, 2024, here’s a rundown of the major decisions made by the board this year.

1. Marking Scheme Unveiled:

CBSE has laid out a clear marking scheme for both theory and practical exams in classes 10 and 12. Each subject carries a maximum of 100 marks, distributed among theory, practicals, projects, and internal assessments. For example, subjects like Music, Painting, Computer, Retail, Information Technology, Security, and more in class 10 have practical exam marks set at 50. Meanwhile, subjects such as English, Hindi, Math, Science, and Social Science have 20 marks allotted for internal assessment. The complete marking scheme for all subjects can be found on the CBSE website.

2. No Division, Distinction Awards:

In a departure from the usual practice, CBSE has decided not to award divisions or distinctions to students this year. The board has also opted not to release a merit list for class 10 and 12 board exam results. Additionally, the choice of the best five subjects for calculating students’ marks will be at the discretion of the admitting college.

3. Two Opportunities to Ace the Exam:

To provide students with more chances to improve their scores, the Centre is planning to conduct two board exams each year. This move aims to allow students to retain their best scores. Not only does it give students the advantage of two opportunities annually, but it also reflects a broader effort to enhance the overall educational experience.

4. Special Provisions for Extracurricular Enthusiasts:

CBSE has introduced a special provision for students engaged in Olympiads and sports. Special exams will be conducted for these students to accommodate their participation in exams, aligning with the schedule of their Olympiads, national, and international sports competitions.


These announcements by CBSE signify a shift in the approach towards board exams, emphasizing flexibility, inclusivity, and multiple opportunities for students. As students gear up for the exams, understanding these changes will undoubtedly contribute to a smoother examination experience. Best of luck to all the students taking the CBSE board exams in 2024!

Mohan Prasad
B Tech IIT Delhi, MBA IIM Lucknow, Founder PracBee
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