Pass Marks Criteria for ICSE and ISC Exams Lowered by CISCE

Preeti Gupta updated on : 29 Nov 2017

CISCE has announced that from 2018-19 onwards, ICSE and ISC students will need lower marks to pass the examination. Check detailed information including the changed percentage below.

Lowered Pass Percentage for ICSE and ISC Students

After a number of meetings with the ministry of human resources and different examination boards, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has finally decided to lower down pass marks criteria for Class 10 and 12. As per the new decision, the pass marks for ICSE and ISC examinations have been reduced by three and five percentage points making it 33% for ICSE students and 35% for ISC students. The new system with the changed pass percentage will come into effect from 2019.

As per the CISCE statement in a circular, the decision to lower pass percentage has been taken for "close uniformity with other boards."

Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, said, “The objective of this is to bring about close uniformity with other boards in the country. Among the many recommendations made by the Inter Board Working Group (IBWG), it was suggested that all the boards in the country should have the same pass mark criteria. In view of this, the council has decided to change its pass mark criteria.”

The decision to change pass percentage for 10th and 12th class students has been taken after a number of meetings with HRD, other examinations boards and Inter Board Working Group (IBWG), which gave the suggestion to have equal passing marks for all boards.

Schools have also been advised to implement the same criteria in internal examinations from the academic year 2018-19.

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