Moderation Policy Scrapping: Mixed Reactions Received

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If you’re someone who recently gave the AISSCE, it’s likely that you woke up some days before in a nervous state of mind. You finally mustered the courage and logged on to the cbse.nic.in website only to later discover that it was a false alarm and the results have been scheduled for later this week.

The reason? It  is being conjectured that the scrapping of the marks moderation policy of CBSE is behind this delay.

What is the Marks Moderation Policy?

The marks moderation policy under CBSE provides for the allotment of “grace marks”. Students falling short of a few marks for passing the examination are entitled to get them. It inflates the score of students upto 15%. The inflation depends on the level of difficulty of the question paper.

Earlier this month CBSE, and 31 other boards declared that it shall be doing away with the provision of grace marks for difficult questions. However, a student will still get grace marks if he’s falling short of a few marks for passing.

How it is actually beneficial in the long run

97.6% ; 96.5%  

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These were the percentiles at which cut-off lists closed for the General category, in two of the most sought-out courses at a top college of the country. Inflation of marks proves as an unfair advantage to students given on a random basis. The variations are huge and the parameters for providing greater marks to some students over others remain subjective.

The move has been aimed at providing more transparency in the paper-checking system. It has been aimed to increase the quality of the standard of education in the country which has seen a great dip for a past couple of years. The soaring cut-offs provide an insight into the high inflation of students scores- 99.25% was the first cut-off for admission for BCom(H) in Ramjas College, University of Delhi for the academic session.

Scrapping of this policy will, thus, lead to a stabilization of students marks and provide for better uniformity in evaluations and admissions.

So why is the scrapping being CRITICIZED?

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Students, especially the ones who have appeared for their boards this year, shall be at a disadvantage for undergraduate admissions to colleges. The state boards will continue to inflate the scores of their students, providing them the advantage of admissions to various colleges across the country.

Thus, a consensus from all boards, including the various state boards, is required throughout the country to derive the optimal benefit of this implementation.


The strategic step has received mixed reactions. It is a net positive move in the long run and benefits to uplift the lowering education standards of the country.

But whether the delay in the board exams’ result is a consequence of the scrapping of the mark moderation policy or not shall be known only when the actual results come out on the official website of CBSE, cbse.nic.in.

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