Students appearing for Class X board exams from next year, will have to study six subjects instead of five, with the CBSE remodelling its assessment scheme.
Currently, Class X students have to study five subjects – two languages, social science, mathematics and science.
Students also have a choice of studying a vocational subject as an "additional" course.
However, from the 2017-18 academic year, it will be compulsory to study a vocational subject.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has remodelled its assessment scheme for Class X Board examination for schools, offering vocational subject as compulsory subject under the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).
CBSE circularIf a candidate fails in any one of the three elective subjects –science, social science, mathematics, then it will be replaced by the vocational subject (offered as sixth additional subject)...The board exam result will be computed accordingly. However, if a candidate desires to reappear for the failed subject, they can appear in the compartment examination.
Students will have 13 options to choose from for the sixth subject – Dynamics of Retailing, Information Technology, Security, Automobile Technology, Introduction to Financial Market, Introduction to Tourism, Beauty and Wellness, Basic Agriculture, Food Production, Front Office Operations, Banking and Insurance, Marketing and Sales, and Health Care Services.
According to the circular, the maximum marks will be 100.
Out of the total 100 marks, the board exam will be of 50 marks, and 50 marks are allocated to internal assessment/practical examination.
A candidate will have to score 33 percent marks in both, board exam and practical exam, to pass the subject.
No Takers for Gender Studies, Human Rights in CBSE Schools
In another major decision, the CBSE has decided to do away with seven Academic Electives, and 34 vocational subjects for Class XII due to low enrolment numbers.
Subjects such as human rights and gender studies offered in Class 12 by the CBSE have not found any takers, prompting the board to stop offering them besides 5 other academic electives and 34 vocational courses.
“Considering the low enrolment, the subjects are withdrawn from the 2017-18 session,” the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said in a communication sent to the heads of schools affiliated to it.
The schools have been advised to not offer human rights, gender studies, philosophy, creative writing and translation studies, heritage craft, library and information science and graphic design, theatre studies as academic electives.
However, students who opted for these subjects in Class XI will be allowed to pursue them this year and appear for board examinations too.