CBSE Class 10th Exam 2020

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) stands tall at the first position above other central and state boards in the country. This national-level board is backed by the government and schools affiliated to CBSE should follow the curriculum of the NCERT. 

The prime focus of CBSE is on reforms in examinations and evaluation practices and skill learning by adding job-oriented and job-linked inputs. It is also responsible for prescribing conditions of examinations and conducting public examination at the end of Class 10 and Class 12 to grant qualifying certificates to successful candidates of the affiliated schools.

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Undeniably, Class 10 is an important phase in every student's life which plays a crucial role in deciding the subject of their interest. Annually, lakhs of students appear for the Class 10 exams across the country. The final examinations for Class 10 are conducted between February and March. The results of the examination are released in May/June. However, the board also conducts the re-examination in June/July for those who failed in March. 


Important Instructions For Students Ahead Of CBSE Board Exam

Annually, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the board examination for both Class 10 and Class 12 in the months of February/March. Over 25 lakh students appear for the board examinations every year combining both Class 10 and 12. 

Ahead of the board examinations, students should know some important instructions. The board has initiated a three-tier security check to keep the paper leaks and other malpractices at bay. Here are some important rules students shouldn't miss before appearing for the board exams. 

School Uniform Mandatory 

The CBSE is very particular about the school uniform. The regular students who are appearing for the board examinations need to wear the school uniform. Regular students who don't wear the school uniform for the examination will not be allowed to sit in the examination hall. We advise students to carry the school identity card along with the admit card.  

Parent Signature On Admit Card 

The board has rolled out a new feature that along with the student and principal's signature, a column has been added for the parents signature in CBSE admit cards. Students will not be permitted for the examination if the column is not filled. 

No Entry After 10 AM

The board examinations will be conducted from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. The gates of the examination will be closed by sharp 10 am and open again after 1.30 pm. Students cannot enter the exam centre after 10 am. Hence, students are advised to reach the centre at least 30 minutes before the gate closes. 

What To Carry 

Students can carry the basic stationery, such as pencil, pen and eraser along with admit card and school identity card. The diabetic students can carry the snacks but only in a clean wrap. Any written material, electronic gadgets and smartwatches are prohibited inside the examination hall. 


What Is CBSE Pre Exam Psychological Counselling

Annually, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the Pre-Examination Psychological Counselling services to both students and parents. This programme has been designed as a part of the board's outreach programme that caters to the heterogeneous students’ and parent’s population and the vast geographical network of schools.

The board will be conducting the psychological counselling at the time of preparation and during the examinations. This will help students overcome exam-related stress. Here are multiple modes of CBSE counselling.

Types Of CBSE Pre Exam Psychological Counselling

1. Tele-Counselling 

2. IVRS 

3. Comprehensive Audio Video Presentation

4. Question-Answer Columns 

5. Online Counselling

CBSE Tele-Counselling

It is offered by principals and trained counsellors from within CBSE-affiliated schools across the country. It is a voluntary, free of cost service provided by the participants. This option is available in and outside India.  


CBSE has introduced IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System). The facility of IVRS is available on a toll-free number, 1800 11 8004. One who calls this number can obtain pre-recorded useful information related to exam preparation, tips for better preparation and how to keep exam stress at bay. 

CBSE Website 

The board has rolled out a comprehensive audio-visual presentation titled ‘Knowing Children Better.’ This is available on the CBSE website. Students can make use of this to deal with real-time experiences and problems of adolescents with suggestive measures as coping strategies. To know more about this option, students can access the tab ‘Counselling’ at 

Question-Answer Columns 

The experts from CBSE will be answering the queries of students through weekly question-answer columns, which will be published in the leading national newspapers during the month of February.

On-Line Counselling

Students who want any specific suggestion and guidance can write a mail ( 


Passing Criteria For CBSE Class 10 Students

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the Class 10 board examinations from February 21, 2019. When the exam bells are about to ring, candidates should know about the passing criteria. The criteria adopted for computing the result of Class 10 is described below. 

''Candidates who have appeared in the exam as per the scheme of studies were exempted from separate pass criteria in internal assessment and board examination. The result was computed in each subject taking into account combined marks obtained in internal assessment and board exam and those who secured 33%  marks were declared pass in that subject,'' CBSE stated in the official announcement. 

''In case of a candidate being absent in practical/internal assessment, the marks were treated as 0 (zero) and the result was computed accordingly,'' CBSE added. 

Candidates have to note that the CBSE will continue the same passing criteria for 2019 board examinations which were used in the last year. Candidates appearing for Class 10 board examination in 2019 onwards will have to secure overall 33% (both taken together) in the subjects to be eligible to pass that subject. 


CBSE Introduced Two Levels Of Mathematics In Class 10 

In a novel way, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced two levels of mathematics for students of Class 10. It has released a circular regarding the introduction of two levels of mathematics for All India Secondary School Examination from the academic session ending March 2020 onwards.  

According to the press statement released by CBSE, ''the two levels of examinations cater for different kinds of learners and allow different levels of testing, it would also reduce overall student stress levels.'' 

''It is well known that students experience greatest stress before and during their most ‘difficult’ subject exam. Keeping in view of this important aspect and as evidenced by the Board results, the Board has decided to introduce two levels of examination in mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the Board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards,'' CBSE added. 

Some of the key details of this scheme are given below. 

  • There shall not be two levels of Assessment/Examination for Class 9. 
  • Students have to note that the first level would be the same as the existing one, and the other would be an easier level.
  • The two examinations are - Mathematics-Standard (for the existing level of examination) and Mathematics-Basic (for the easier level of examination). 
  • The classroom teaching, syllabus and internal assessment would remain the same for both the levels.
  • The Mathematics-standard level is meant for students who wish to opt mathematics at Senior Secondary. 
  • The Mathematics-Basic level would be for students who are not aiming to pursue the subject at higher levels.
  • Students have an option to choose at the time of submission of List of Candidates (LoC) by the affiliated school. 
  • If students fail at any level of mathematics, they can appear for the supplementary exams. 


CBSE Frames New Rules On Low Attendance

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to monitor the attendance of students of all its affiliated schools. It has issued a new set of instructions to schools and made it mandatory to share the attendance report of its students. Based on the attendance, the Board will decide on allowing the students to appear for the examinations it is responsible for.

The Board took this decision because the recent result indicated that students with low attendance performed badly in the examinations. The CBSE has also developed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to deal with low-attendance cases.

The Board has framed new rules on low attendance.

  • Exemption will be given to students in case of prolonged loss of mother or father, illness, participation in sports or any similar reasons.
  • Schools should complete the attendance and report the same to CBSE by January 1 of the academic year. In case of any short attendance, they should submit the supporting documents to CBSE's Regional Office by January 7.
  • Schools should fill all the requirements before the last date, i.e., February 7.

Fake: CBSE Has Not Recommended Online Exam

A news circulated on social media regarding the CBSE online examination is fake. The false report claims that the CBSE has directed schools to conduct online exam by purchasing an app developed by VH Softwares and has also directed an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for the same purpose.

The notice reads, "VH Softwares / VS Studies Pvt. Ltd is fraudulently misleading schools to advance its agenda, make money, or to simply cause havoc."

It also reads, "CBSE will initiate appropriate action against the VH Softwares / VS Studies Pvt. Ltd or any other firm which tries to mislead schools by falsely claiming the approval of CBSE for using their services. The schools are also advised to immediately report any dubious and unverifiable information to CBSE and sensitize and advise other school not to trust fake information."

2 June 2020
CBSE Instructions For Students Appearing In North East Delhi

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released an important notice regarding the conducting of the pending board exams. It has released a total of 12 important points for students appearing for Class 10 board exams in North East Delhi.  

Download CBSE guidelines for Class 10 students

Earlier, the Board has released the exam dates for the remaining subjects or papers of both Class 10 and Class 12. The Board has released the date sheet on May 18 for both Classes 10 and 12. The pending papers for CBSE Class 10 board exams will be held between July 1 and 15.

30 May 2020
CBSE Issues Public Advisory Notice Regarding Fraudsters

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued a cautionary public advisory asking students and parents to remain alert and vigilant about the fraudsters who are posing as the board officials and asking for money in lieu of increasing marks in the board examination.

The official notice reads, “It has come to the notice of CBSE that some unscrupulous persons impersonating themselves as officers or officials of CBSE are contacting [the] general public claiming to have access to student marks data and asking for money in lieu of increasing marks.”

It also reads, “All the students, parents and schools are advised to remain alert and vigilant and prevent themselves from being cheated and share details with local police authorities for stringent action under the law.” 


29 May 2020
CBSE Allows Class 10 Students To Appear Board Exams In Other Districts

The CBSE has announced that students who are currently not in the same district as their board examination centres can now appear for their annual exams where they currently are. The information was shared by HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank through his official Twitter account. The Class 10 students will be told about what school they will be able to write the board exam. 

Earlier, HRD Minister has announced the new exam schedule for CBSE Class 10 students in the North East Delhi. The exams will be held between July 1 and 15, 2020. 

27 May 2020
CBSE Releases New Schedule For North East Delhi Students

HRD Minister has announced the exam dates of pending papers of Class 10 board exams in North East Delhi. The Class 10 board exams 2020 for students of North East Delhi will be held between July 1 and 15. 

The board exams will be held only for seven subjects. The subjects are social science, science theory, science without practical, Hindi course A & B, English communicative and English language and literature. 

The Class 10 board exams in North East Delhi were postponed due to violence in February followed by the nationwide lockdown caused by Coronavirus.  

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