Students who are not happy with their CBSE class 10 and 12 grades and want to get them verified or re-evaluated can apply for the same starting Tuesday.
The board released the final results for classes 10 and 12 on Friday, and the online application process for verification of marks will start Tuesday. However, they can only apply for verification of their Term 2 marks.
When the board shared the Term 1 exam results with schools, earlier this year, students were able to convey their dissatisfaction with those marks to the CBSE at the time and appeal for rechecking. The board has taken a special decision that if their Term 1 marks were increased after the recheck, they would be taken into consideration for the final result, but if marks were decreased after rechecking, their original and higher marks would be counted for the result. According to the board, this decision was taken “looking into the special circumstances under which Term 1 exams were conducted”.
However, with the Term 2 results, any change in marks after verification or re-evaluation will be final and will be counted in their final results.
Apart from this, class 12 students who want a chance to improve their performance will be given the opportunity to try and improve their performance in one subject in the improvement exam. The compartment exams for both grades will be held from August 23 and only on the Term 2 examinations syllabus.
For the 2021-22 academic year, the CBSE had introduced a bifurcated format with two terms: the Term-I board exams were held in November-December last year, while the Term-II exams were held in April-May this year. This was done as a stop-gap arrangement to avoid a repeat of 2021 when both Class 10 and Class 12 Board exams had to be cancelled due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the Term 1 paper was completely objective and had only multiple-choice questions, Term 2 paper followed the Board exam format. In the final result tabulation, CBSE decided to give unequal weightage to the candidates’ performance in the two terms.
The Board has accorded 30% weightage to students’ performance in the Term 1 theory paper and 70% weightage to marks scored in Term 2 for arriving at the final results. This decision, the Board said, was made based on students’ feedback.
“The predominant feedback received after the Term I (theory) examinations was that students were unable to perform their full potential in the Term 1 examinations as they had to appear for an objective pattern for the first time in the board exams without any adequate precedent or practice,” reads the CBSE press statement issued Friday.
It further states, “The predominant feedback for Term 2 examinations was more positive, with satisfactory performance expressed by the students. The board sought the views of a large number of principals and managements through a consultative mechanism, on the relative weightage to be given to the two terms to arrive at a composite final result.
The decision to give unequal weightage to the theory papers of both terms drew mixed reactions from principals and students of affiliated schools. On Friday, several students started tweeting with two different hashtags on Twitter (#CBSEstudentsWantJustice and #BestOfEitherTerms), demanding that the Board consider their best performance in either of the two terms.