CBSE awarded 56 marks extra in class 12 boards this year – As per the report byTimes of India (TOI), those Science students from Delhi region who had appeared for their 12th Board exams and had scored 84% or less in their respective papers were given a big boost by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The students who gave Physics, Chemistry and Maths papers – CBSE awarded them 32 marks extra. It is approximately 11% of the total marks awarded by CBSE considering all three subjects.
As per the report TOI conducted detailed access for all the nine subjects of this year’s board exam and found out that CBSE awarded 11 extra marks for Maths and Physics, 10 for Chemistry, 6 for Political Science and 5 each for subjects such as Business Studies, Economics and Biology. This step was part of the board’s ‘Moderation’ process. Geography students got one extra marks, while those with Sociology got two extra credits. This adds to ‘56’ for overall marks.
With this standardised or moderated marks awarded for this year was three-year high for CBSE. While those awarded for Physics, Political Science and Chemistry subjects were highest in four years. The sources could not access the details of other CBSE regions apart from Delhi.
From 2016 onwards, it has become a trend for CBSE to award moderation of marks during Class 12th Board exams. During 2016 and 2018, marks for certain subjects were raised by as high as 15.
Moderation is a process where the board awards certain marks to students due to several reasons. In this process, the board addresses several issues such as ambiguity regarding certain questions especially when the difficulty level in the question paper is quite high. In the case of multiple sets, they equalised different sets of the question paper when the question paper happens to be lengthy or certain tricky questions are given which could be out of syllabus.