Published On : Wed, Mar 22nd, 2017

CBSE: Students from Class 6 onwards to follow 2-semester system for boards preparation

New Delhi/Nagpur: In order to help students gear up for the board exams, a uniform assessment scheme will have to be followed by the schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The scheme stipulates a two-semester system — complete with half-yearly and annual examinations — from Class 6 onwards.

As per an HT report, two periodic tests of 10 marks will be conducted every semester under the new system. The CBSE officials feel that this will lead to improvement in the quality of education, prepare students for the Class 10 board exams, and allow easy migration of students from one school to another.

Why it has been introduced?

CBSE chairman RK Chaturvedi said, “To make students more confident about facing the Class 10 board examinations when they join the upper-primary stage in Class 6, we have decided to implement a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and report cards.”


According to officials, several different systems of assessment are followed by over 18,000 CBSE affiliated schools from classes 6 to 9. Due to this, they issue different kinds of report cards to their students.

“Due to disparities in the system, students from classes 6 to 9 face several problems whenever they migrate to another school. It has become imperative to have a uniform system that makes things easier for students and other stakeholders. It will help solve migratory issues between CBSE schools as well as other educational institutions,” a senior official said.

2-semester system

  • Two periodic tests of 10 marks will be conducted
  • The half-yearly written examination will account for 80 marks
  • Marks will also be provided for notebook submission
  • For the annual exam, students will be assessed on 10 per cent syllabus of the first term and the entire syllabus of the second
  • Students from classes 6 to 8 will get grades from A1 (91-100) to E (32 and below)

    This decision was taken after it was observed that as schools are required to follow the NCERT syllabus in the upper primary stage, the authorities considered it important to ensure uniformity in the assessment structure, examination system, and issuance of report cards