CBSE marking scheme for class 10th (2022-23)


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has always followed homogeneous patterns for the education and assessment of the secondary and senior secondary classes. Changes in patterns have been seen, but changed patterns have been followed for multiple years. But since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, it created unpredictable and uncertain circumstances for the Board, which affected the education and the conduction of exams for the respective years. These circumstances made the board take new decisions each year.  

As a need of the hour amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, the education system completely shifted to online mode, making everyone adapt to the new technique of delivering and receiving education virtually. It was a difficult situation but everyone managed accordingly. The worst aspect of the COVID Pandemic was its uncertainty. As it wasn’t certain when the next COVID Wave would affect us, the conduction of the exams was difficult to say. Hence as a result, the CBSE had to make a call accordingly. These CBSE decisions included waiving off the boards completely, MCQ questions, marking on the basis of internal assessments and launching the II term policy. When the TERM-1 and TERM-2 pattern came in, it was expected to stay for the upcoming batches of CBSE Classes too, but major shifts in CBSE marking scheme can be seen from the academic year 2022-23. 

Moving ahead of the two-term scheme, the academic year 2022-23 will re-experience the annual examination mode. Until any further changes, the students appearing for classes IX-X will be giving the final term exams in February- March. 

Curriculum Areas at Secondary Level (classes IX-X)

Let us have a brief look into the various areas of the curriculum as offered by the CBSE. This will include areas like subjects offered, CBSE marking scheme, additional subjects and many more. 

Subjects Offered

At the time of subject selection and registration in class IX, students are only told about the options available and not about the rules and regulations applied to them. Making these choices can have certain limitations on the coming academic years in the senior secondary classes. Hence, the important rules to be known are simplified and mentioned below.

  • The students are offered Mathematics under two categories- Basic & standard. Students who opt for Basic Mathematics can only opt for Applied Mathematics at Class XI/Sr. Secondary & cannot take Mathematics (041) at Sr. Secondary level. However, a student who has opted standard Mathematics can take any one of the two available Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level. 

Important note– Students who wish to pursue Science (PCM) at senior secondary level, shall opt for Mathematics Standard only.

  • In case a student fails in any one of the 3 compulsory subjects- Science, Mathematics and Social Science and passes in the Skill subject- Subject-6, then the failed subject can be replaced by the 6th subject.
  • Hindi or English must be one of the two languages to be studied in class IX and X. Hindi and English can also be offered simultaneously.
  • With Computer Science really taking the first place in the preference lists, opting for subjects like- Computer Application, Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence (as Subject-6) is a good opportunity to explore this domain. Out of the three subjects only one can be opted, a combination of any of these subjects is not permitted.


Board examination (20 Marks)

The CBSE marking scheme will have an 80 marks component for Board examination (class X) and Annual Examination (class IX) in all subjects. But all the compulsory subjects will be assessed internally along with a 20 marks component of Internal Assessment. Students have to achieve 33 percent in total in each of these components to pass the grade. The Board Examination in each subject will cover the entire syllabus of Class-X.

Internal Assessment (20 Marks)

The year-end examination will be complemented and supplemented with Internal Assessment (IA). It will assess the students in different manners, over the whole academic year. The bifurcation of the internal assessment is as under- 

  1. Periodic Assessment (05 Marks)

Periodic assessments are to be held all around the year for a maximum 3 times, out of which the best of 2 are considered for the final score. The main aim of PA is to evaluate the learning and the growth of the student over the year.

2. Multiple Assessment (05 marks)

The subject teachers would determine the type and frequency of this assessment. The subject teacher has complete independence for conducting these assessments as the ultimate aim is to have a comprehensive view of the student’s learning. The methodology might vary according to the subject or the student, the ones most commonly used are- observation, oral tests, group exercises, class discussion, quizzes, experiments etc.

3. Portfolio (05 marks) 

A portfolio is a collection of exemplary work done by each student over the year beyond the classwork and the homework. The method of making a portfolio can be subjective to the individual student and the subject teacher. The portfolio can include content, photos, presentations, assignments, art integrated learning, etc.

4. Subject Enrichment Activities (05 marks)

Subject enrichment activities make an important part of the curriculum. These activities are constructed in a manner which elevates the students’ understanding of the subject and helps them think in higher orbits. For languages these activities help gain better writing and speaking skills, for mathematics and science- lab experiments can be conducted and students can be encouraged to raise questions, generate hypotheses, and find solutions to questions. 

The CBSE Curriculum and the CBSE marking scheme both intend to provide and incorporate comprehensive learning for the student. The CBSE marking scheme is formulated in such a manner that no domain of learning and assessment is left untouched while computing the final performance of the student in an academic year.  

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