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Vikash Sharma

Ending suspense, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday submitted before Supreme Court the much-awaited evaluation criteria for awarding grades/marks for Class XII exams.

For class 10 and 11, the marks in best of 3 from 5 papers in term exams will be considered. For Class XII, the marks obtained in unit, term and practicals will be taken into account, as per reports.

Sources said that the Board told the Supreme Court that the Class XII results will be decided on the basis of performance in Class 10 (30% weightage), Class 11 (30% weightage) & Class 12 (40% weightage). Results are likely to be declared by July 31.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the CBSE, submitted that the marks of practical/internal assessment etc. of Class XII will be on actual basis as uploaded by the school on the CBSE portal.

"The computation of theory marks for Class 12 will be based on performance in one or more Unit Test(s)/Mid-Term/Pre-Board(s) theory examination. The result committee of the school may decide weightage to be given to each exam based on the credibility and reliability of the assessment. For example, if the committee may be of the considered view that only the Pre-Board exams may be taken into consideration, then a full weightage can be given to that component. Similarly, another school Result committee may decide to give equal weightage to Pre-Board exams and Mid-Term exams," said the CBSE affidavit in the top court.

CBSE has proposed a moderation committee to look into the difference in marking mechanism adopted by various schools to put all students as far as the awarding of final marks for class XII is concerned.

Each school has to form a result committee to consider the marks of students obtained in the three examinations which would be vetted by the moderation committee of the CBSE.

The students who are not satisfied with the marks/grading through the present mechanism can do better or improve their marks by appearing in physical examinations, as COVID situation gets better or as the situation normalises or as the institutions think.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 1 had cancelled the Class XII exam following the rise in Covid-19 cases across the country.

On June 4, CBSE had constituted a high-powered committee for finalising criteria for CBSE Class XII Results 2021. A 12-member team was constituted and the committee submitted the evaluation criteria today.

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