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CISCE has Decided to Slash the Pass Percentage for ICSE, ISC Students

Now the pass percentage for ICSE Class 10 students is 33% and that for Class 12 students is 35%.

By Admin 26th Mar, 2018 06:45 pm

Attention ICSE, ISC students! Have you heard the good news yet? The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has decided to slash the pass percentage for students. The notification to reduce the passing marks was first initiated by CISCE in 2017. At that time, it was declared that the change in the rule will be applicable for students appearing for the board exams in 2019.

The Crux:  

 The pass percentage for ICSE Class 10 students have been reduced from 35% to 33%. For Class 12 students, the pass percentage has come down to 35% from 40%. These changes are now applicable to students from 2018 onwards. Simultaneously, the pass percentage for classes 9 and 11 has also come down to 33% and 35%.

As far as CBSE is concerned, for Class X students only, the pass percentage has been lowered to 33%, as a one-time measure applicable for this year only. Students appearing for CBSE exam 2019 will not qualify for the new rule. 

The Outcome:

The decision to slash the pass percentages has received mixed reactions from students, parents and school managements. Mostly, students have openly welcomed the change as it happily reduces their burden.

However, some parents and teachers have been of the opinion that it takes the charm off “Board Exams”. It was precisely the difficulty level that made students work hard towards the Board exams. This new move may make students lackadaisical.

Several others are of the opinion that students who are ambitious and hardworking will anyway soar high and target to score a decent percentage in the Board exams. So, this change will hardly have any impact on such students.

Our Analysis:

As far as our academic experts are concerned, the change is not a bad move at all. It will, in no way, have a derogatory effect on the quality of exams. Neither is it anticipated to adversely affect the future of students. In fact, the reason why CISCE made this move was to put students at par with other boards like CBSE and state boards, where the pass percentage is 33%.

The final impact of the change, as estimated by us, is going to be a good one. It will be beneficial to students who are academically weak. They will be able to score the bare minimum to pass the board exams with ease after which they can go on to pursue any vocational training or diploma course of their choice.


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