CBSE made a move that may not make students very happy, the Central Board of Secondary Education has decided: No more grace marks for difficult questions by scraping its moderation policy. The CBSE canceled its policy of granting grace marks to students in examinations for difficult questions. According to the moderation policy, the board allowed to give students 15 percent extra marks on papers that were deemed difficult. In a high-level meeting, the decision to scrap moderation policy was made.
The move comes after the board has asked the HRD ministry to help develop a consensus among all boards to do away with the marks moderation policy that led to inflated results during board exams scores. The CBSE however, made it clear that students who require grace marks to clear a paper will be awarded the same.
After the CBSE had a meeting in December last year requested the Human Resource Development Ministry to help develop a consensus among all state boards on completely removing the marks moderation policy which is considered as the reason behind inflated scores in board exam results.
However, the practice of awarding grace marks will continue to ensure that a student clears an exam if he or she needs a few marks to do so.
If the states also decide to adopt the policy, then the soaring cut-offs for admission to colleges are likely to go down.
The CBSE has opined that a unipartite scrapping of the policy would put its students at a disadvantage during junior admissions and considered it important that all state boards agree to it.