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Spiking of Marks to stop from 2018 for Class 10, 12


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Spiking of Marks for class 10 & 12 CBSE, to end from 2018

Students of Class 10 and 12 in the CBSE board will not be gaining spiking of marks as the board has decided to stop it from next year. Instead, a uniform policy would be started that will not only remove ambiguity but also, change the difficulty level of the question to improve the evaluation process.
The clause of spiking of marks in the moderation policy to be removed has come up earlier.  
If grace marks have been awarded to the students, it will be mentioned in their mark sheets. Grace marks are given to the students who are failing the exam with a few marks. Such students would not be given priority from next year. The moderation policy allows the board to give few extra marks to such students. But, some boards use this to increase marks of the students, increasing the overall pass percentage. All the boards would have to put up their moderation policy on their websites.
An inter-board working group headed by RK Chaturvedi, Chairman of CBSE, suggested these recommendations. The group included members from ICSE, Gujarat, J&K, Chattisgarh, Kerala, Manipur, and Telangana boards. The group was formed to look out for the moderation policy and all the issues related to it. All the recommendations made by the group will now be sent to the Union HRD ministry for adoption by various states. The HRD Ministry has a big role to play as these changes must be accepted unanimously by all the boards in the country.
Also read : CBSE Moderation Policy: The Good and The Bad
Also, to ensure the same difficulty level in all the boards’ exams, the group decided the CBSE will circulate a model sample question paper. Also, to ensure the standardization process, all the boards will have the passing marks 33 out of 100.
The sample question paper will help in determining the number of difficult and easy questions to be asked in the exam and also the type of questions. The state will use this sample to develop their own question paper. This will create uniformity in the evaluation process.
There was a consensus in the group that decided that spiking marks do not reflect the correct performance of the student. Giving grace marks to students cause inflation of marks. Moderation will help in providing compensation to the students if there is a difference in the difficulty level of the questions and the evaluation process.
In CBSE, there is a clause that states that for pass percentage, parity has to be maintained with last years. State boards like Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Goa use the moderation policy to improve the pass percentage. However, states like Maharashtra, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana do not have a moderation policy. CBSE does not allow moderation to the students who score 95 and above.
Currently, CBSE uses three sets of papers, one is All India, second is Delhi and the third is used in other countries. From next year, there will be only one set of questions.
The CBSE decided to drop the moderation policy for removing the inflation of marks. But, Delhi court directed the board to apply the policy this year.
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