Central Board of Secondary Education
Frequently Asked Questions Based on Examinations and
Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation
Query 1. Has the Board fixed any age criteria to appear
in class X examination?
Reply: No, the Board has not fixed any age criteria to appear in class
X examination however, at the time of admission the student should satisfy
the requirements of age limits (minimum and maximum) as determined by the
State/Union Territory Government, as applicable to the place where the
School is located.
Query 2. What is the procedure for seeking admission in class X?
Reply: As per rule 7.3 of the Examination Byelaws of the Board,
admission to class X in a school is open only to such a student who:
(a) has completed a regular course of study for class IX from
an institution affiliated to this Board;
(b) has completed a regular course of study for class IX and has obtained
minimum grade D in five subjects (excluding the 6th additional subject)
under Scholastic Area A, as well as grades in subjects under Scholastic
Area B under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation scheme in the
class IX examination conducted by an institution affiliated to the Board
and migrating from/within one city/ state to another only on the transfer
of the parent(s) or shifting of their families from one place to another,
after procuring from the student the performance profile and the school
leaving certificate, duly countersigned by the Board, and
(c) has completed a regular course of study for class IX and has passed
class IX examination from an institution recognized by/affiliated to any
recognized Board in India, can be admitted to a school affiliated to this
Board only on the transfer of the parent(s) or shifting of their families
from one place to another, after procuring from the student. the mark sheet and
the school leaving certificate, duly countersigned by the Educational
Authorities of the Board concerned. Notwithstanding anything contained in the
rules above, the Chairman has the powers to allow change of school for
better academic performance, medical reasons etc. or to avoid undue
hardship to the candidate(s).
Query 3. How much attendance is required to appear in
the Secondary / Senior Secondary examination?
Reply: As per the Examination Bylaws of the Board,
atleast 75% attendance in an academic session is required to be eligible
to appear for the class X/XII examination. Candidates taking up a
subject(s) involving practical examination are also required to have put
in atleast 75% of the total attendance for practical work in the subject
in the laboratory. In respect of students participating in sports at
national level, organized by recognized federations/CBSE/School Games
Federation of India (SGFI), the required percentage of attendance is 60%.
Such candidates taking up any subject(s) involving practical examination are
also required to have put in at least 60% of the total attendance for practical
work in the subject in the laboratory.
Query 4. Can a student be detained from appearing in Board
Reply: As per Rule 15 of the Examination Byelaws of the Board, in no
case Heads of affiliated schools can detain eligible candidates from
appearing at the examination, except in the case of shortage of attendance
of the student.
Query 5. What is the eligibility criterion for a student to appear as
a private candidate in the Board examination?
Reply: The following category of candidates can appear as private
- Fail candidates
- Teachers serving in educational institutions affiliated to the Board.
- Regular candidates of the previous year who have completed regular
course of studies and has been allotted Roll No. but could not appear
due to medical reasons, except shortage of attendance as laid down in
the Examination Byelaws.
- Women candidates who are bonafide residents of the National
Capital Territory of Delhi and have passed the Delhi Secondary or an
equivalent examination at least two years before appearing at the Senior
School Certificate Examination subject to conditions mentioned in
- Physically handicapped students (only from Delhi)