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Ask the CBSE about Class X and XII Exams

I am a Class X CBSE student from Tamil Nadu. The system followed here to allocate seats for professional (both medical/engineering) colleges favours the students passing through the State board syllabus. The State board students find it comparatively easier to get the colleges of their choice compared to CBSE students. Is there any pattern for levelling of scores obtained in CBSE exams with the State board?


You may like to address this question to the State Board concerned.

In Class XII English, for the question on report and article writing (10 marks each), should we limit our answer to the given count of words or can we exceed it? How are the marks given?

Sadana A.C.

Try to restrict your answer within the word limit denoted in the question paper. However, if you exceed the word limit, you will not be penalised.

Report and article will be evaluated as per the scheme given below:

Format: Title, Reporter’s /Writer’s name 1 mark; Content 4 marks; Expression 5 marks; Grammatical accuracy, appropriate words and spelling 2 and 1/2 marks; Coherence and relevance of ideas and style 2 and 1/2 marks

My daughter is a Class IX CBSE student intending to switch over to State higher secondary course for Class XI. Please advise: a) Whether she has to appear for the CBSE Class X exam to get the transfer certificate?

Transfer certificate can be obtained whenever a student wishes to move out of the school. However, clearing Class X examination is the basic requirement for admission to Class XI.

b) If so, should she register for the CBSE X exam 2012 before March 2011?

Philips Varkey

A student has to attend classes regularly for appearing in Class X CBSE board examination and registration for the examination is done through the school during the academic session which will begin on 1.2.2011.

What will be the percentage of HOTS questions in the Summative Test-II in Science? What about the skill test in subjects where question papers already contain multiple-choice questions on practicals?

Bhagirathi Behera, HoD Science, Shantiniketan Vidyalaya, Shamirpet, Hyderabad

In the question paper of Summative Examination no clear-cut demarcation for HOTS question have been made.

But in general, the question paper would have 15 per cent of the questions of higher difficulty level. Also 16 questions in the question paper of 80 marks will be practical skill-based MCQs and rest of the 25 questions will be based on theory.

I am in Class X. I have opted for school-based Summative Assessment II. Is Percentile Rank calculated at the school level or national (board) level? Is it calculated on the basis of grade point or actual mark?

Nikhil, MES School, Kuttippuram, Kerala

No percentile rank will be given in the grade sheet and the school-based assessment certificate to be issued by the Board.

Last year, in Kerala, the CBSE results were published after the State examination results were declared and the students from the CBSE board who wanted to migrate to the State stream could not do so. Will this be addressed this year?

P. Venugopalan

CBSE is making its earnest efforts to declare the results of the Summative Examinations II at the earliest possible time.

However for your information, the Chennai Regional Office of the Board is one of the first regional offices to declare its results.

The Class X certificate is considered an important document for the purpose of further education, employment, etc. But with the Board having made the Class X board examination optional, will the Class XII certificate be enough for such purposes?

P. Vijai Kanth

The School-based Evaluation Certificate will be issued by the Board only to all the students irrespective of their appearing for Summative Examination II conducted by the School or by the Board.

I am a Class X student. According to the new CCE system, if a student wants to continue in the CBSE stream and does not write the Board exams, which is more important for him — Class XII or Class X?

Vijai Kanth

For the students, Class X is as important as Class XII. Class X gives the base for senior secondary and Class XII for higher education.

My son Aman VP applied for Class XII examination (2011) as a private candidate (for improvement) on September 18, 2010. We have not yet received the Admit Card. Please inform me regarding despatch of Admit Cards to private candidates or the status of the Application Form No. 381.


Please contact the CBSE Regional Office concerned with the details for obtaining the Admit Card for the examination.

I am in Class X and have opted for the School-conducted exam. Do I still have the option of moving out of the school and seek admission in another school?

NGR Srikanth

Even those students who have opted for School-Conducted summative assessment can move out of the school and seek admission in the school of their choice based on their performance reflected in the school- based assessment certificate and the admission policy of the school.

My ward is writing the school-based exam for Class X. Is it possible to change to the State-board stream for Class XI?


As the certificate at the end of Class X is going to be issued by the CBSE, there should not be any problem for you in getting admission in Class XI, as there is equivalence between Class X of different Boards.

However as per the Scheme, a child should opt for the Board-Conducted examination, if he wishes to move out of CBSE system after Class X.

I am in Class X. I have opted for the Board-conducted exam. Can I continue in the same institution next year?

Karthik A.S.

The school may admit students to Class XI in the subjects offered as per the merit of the students and its admission policy.

I am in Class X. I have opted for the internal exam. Can I opt for other State boards for Class XI?

Pavan Shankar

Any student who has cleared Class X in CBSE can seek admission for Class XI of any other recognised Board as there is equivalence between Class X of different Boards. However as per the Scheme, a child should opt for the Board-Conducted examination, if he wishes to move out of the CBSE system after Class X.

I am a Class XII Commerce student appearing for Board exam this March. For Business Studies and Accountancy, which book do I need to refer to and which chapters do I need to revise thoroughly. For practising, which of the following should I prefer — CBSE Sample Papers or previous year’s Board exam papers? How many points do I need to write for the following categories of questions — 1 mark, 3 marks, 4 marks, 5 / 6 marks?


The Class XII Board Examination will be based on the syllabus prescribed by the Board.

The CBSE has recommended NCERT textbooks for Business Studies and Accountancy, but you can supplement and enrich your answers by using inputs provided in other standard books available in the market.

Please refer to the syllabus in Business Studies and Accountancy prescribed by the Board which also indicates weightage of marks assigned to different Units of the syllabus.

You can use the Board’s Sample Question Papers and last few years’ question papers for your preparation and practice.

Generally the questions specify the number of points to be given in the answer. However, some long answer questions are also assessed as a whole.

Hence you must read the question thoroughly to decide the type of answer to be written.

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