Updated: November 22, 2019 4:17:23 pm
Several protests followed the announcement of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to double the registration fee paid by students to appear in Boards or the Class 10 and Class 12 final exams earlier this year. Many politicians and academicians debated the move while others announced concessions. However, it is not clear to many students the exact amount they have to pay for their upcoming board exams.
The CBSE-affiliated schools across India will have to pay Rs 1500 as the exam fee per student for both class 10 as well as class 12 board exams. The exam fee is subsidised for reserved category students of government and government-aided schools of Delhi. These students will have to pay Rs 1200.
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While this fee hike will be implemented across the country, for the year 2020, Delhi-based students will have a concession instead as the Delhi-government has paid the entire exam fee for all its students. This concession is applied to grant-in-aid schools as well as the Patrachar Vidyalayas.
Replying to a query raised in the Parliament regarding the CBSE fee hike, the Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ stated that the increase is on a ‘no profit no loss principle’ basis.
Why CBSE hiked the fee
The CBSE is a self-funded organisation, implying it has to manage the salaries of employees, cost of conducting the exams and other functions from its earnings. Exams that were earlier conducted by the CBSE including JEE Main, NEET are now being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), leading to a loss of revenue for CBSE.
Further, the board has supported the hike by stating that the fee was constant for five years and the increase has been made while keeping inflation in mind.
Opposing the fee hike, the Delhi government threatened to form its own board, since as Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia commented, “CBSE keeps making arbitrary decisions without taking Delhi government into consideration, despite us being the largest stakeholder.”
What was the fee earlier?
The fee has been up from Rs 750 for schools across India, barring NCR. In the Delhi-based government and government-aided school the CBSE board exam registration fee has been up from Rs 350 for class 10 and Rs 600 for class 12 students. The reserved category students used to pay Rs 50 per student as the registration fee while the rest of the amount was paid by the Delhi government.
Students were charged with Rs 750 for five subjects and Rs 300 for each extra subject. In Delhi, however, the fee was capped at 375 for class 10 and 600 for class 12. Thus, the board registration fee for the unreserved category in Delhi went up by four times and for the reserved category, it went up by 3.2 times.
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