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CISCE brings down ICSE pass marks to just 33%!

Bengaluru: Here is a good news for all the ICSE (class XII) and ISC (class X) students studying in the schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE). As part of its efforts to minimise the examination related pressure on both the students and the parents, the council has decided to revise the minimum pass mark criteria for the ICSE and ISC examinations from the year 2019 onwards. A final notification in this regard has been issued on November 27, 2017.


According to Mr. Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE, the council has decided to change its pass mark criteria. "The objective of this is to bring about a close uniformity with other boards in the country. As per the decision the pass marks for the ICSE final examination is 33% instead of present 35% while for the ISC students it would be 35% instead of present 40%," he explained.


Gerry Arathoon has made it clear that this change is not applicable for incumbent batch(2018 examination). "The council has participated in numerous meetings with the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India along with the other examination boards of the country and was nominated to be a member of the Inter Board Working Group (IBWG) to discuss various examination related matters and make recommendations accordingly. Among the many recommendations made by the IBWG, it was suggested that all the boards in the country should have the same mark criteria. The objective of this is to bring about a close uniformity with other boards in the country," he said.


Wasteful exercise: but CISCE decision expected to face stiff resistance from the various state governments. Speaking to The Top Indian Schools, an officer from the Karnataka State Higher Education Department informed that minimum marks required for general degree admissions in the state of Karnataka is above 40% and it differs course wise and caste wise. "For MBBS and BE admissions, minimum percentage required to secure eligibility is 50% in the core subjects. What is the use of issuing mere pass certificates when such low percentage (33%) can't ensure admission to the students in the institutes of higher learning?" he questioned.

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