The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently announced that the students appearing for Class 10th board exams will have to take up six subjects from the next academic year as the board plans to remodel its assessment scheme.
Currently the students of standard 10th require studying five subjects including maths, science, social science and two languages. Students are also given a choice of opting for a vocational subject as an additional course. However, moving forward that is from the academic session 2017-18, studying a vocational subject shall be made mandatory. This remodeling has been done under the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).
The students shall be given as many as 13 options to choose from for the sixth subject. These include Automobile Technology, Security, Dynamics of Retailing, Introduction to Financial Market, Health Care Services, Introduction to Tourism, Information Technology, Beauty and Wellness, Marketing and Sales, Basic Agriculture, Banking and Insurance, Food Production and Front Office Operations.
This additional subject will be of a total of 100 marks out of which 50 marks will be for the board exam and 50 marks shall be for the internal assessment or the practical exam. A minimum of 33 marks need to be scored in both the board exam as well as the internal assessment in order to pass the subject.
“If a candidate fails to pass 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),” stated a CBSE circular. “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,” it stated further.