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CBSE Marks Moderation Policy: Its impact on Board Results & College Admissions
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is making waves in the news front for its decision to completely abolish the Marks Moderation Policy.

The primary reason for this decision is to reduce the inflation in the number of students scoring above the 95% mark. This decision lands an unfair advantage to students from the various State Boards since these State Boards have decided to keep the grace marks policy, at least for this year.

Hence, students from State Boards will find more favor in their undergraduate admissions to various programs offered by different institutes.

The decision of CBSE to scrap the marks moderation policy is creating a situation of angst and anxiety for students who are eagerly waiting for the results to be announced. The sudden removal of the policy has taken thmedia by storm and not many seem to have welcomed the initiative this year.

The question of prime importance that seems to be lingering in the minds of all these students is ‘What exactly is this marks moderation policy’?

In essence, it is the concept of providing the extra grace marks. In the first scenario, extra marks are given for students who have scored a few marks less than what is required to clear the Board exam. The addition of marks for extremely difficult questions and for questions with errors in them, also finds the scope within the boundaries of Marks Moderation Policy.

The addition of marks due to latter reason is effected in the following way.

If CBSE receives a certain number of complaints regarding the difficulty of a particular question, a panel consisting of top experts in the field is put together by the CBSE. This panel would then weigh in all the required factors and then come up with the conclusion of how many grace marks should be added for the difficult question.

As a result of this implementation of the Marks Moderation Policy, there has been a surge in the number of students scoring above 95% between the years 2008-2014.

After hearing a plea in this regard, the Delhi High Court has officially said that it was unfair to remove the Marks Moderation Policy in the current year since students filled out the form this year while the policy was still in effect.

If CBSE refuses to retract on its cancellation of the Marks Moderation Policy, students from the CBSE could take a serious hit as individual overall percentages will drop down. In comparison, the State Boards have not removed their grace marks policy.

Thus, students from State Boardswill have a numerical advantage over students from CSBE in terms of overall percentage obtained. This will, in turn, affect CBSE students’admission opportunities into the various institutes that base their admission on these marks for various undergraduate courses offered.

Due to prevailing confusion as to whether the Marks Moderation Policymshould be removed this year, there shall be a delay in announcement of results.

The results, which were supposed to be declared on 25 th May,2017, shall only be declared after the CBSE consults the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)about further steps of action with regards to the Delhi High Court Order.

According to the PTI reports, an official, who spoke to the PTI, has said that there shall not be an abnormal delay in the declaration of results as implementing Marks Moderation scheme is not a time taking process.

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