Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced and confirmed the passing marks for class 12 and class 10 students for the board exams 2020. Students who will be appearing for the exams scheduled to be held in Feb-March 2020 can take note.

Before knowing the passing marks, one should understand that there are two components in the board result. One is theory marks. Second is marks for practical, project, internal assessment. Some subjects have only theory marks, and others have either practical or project or internal assessment.

Class 12 students, as per the CBSE passing criteria, need to get (a) at least 33% in theory, (b) at least 33% in practical or project or internal assessment, and (c) at least 33% in overall of the two.

Whereas class 10 students have a different passing criteria. They have to just get 33% marks in overall theory and practical taken together.

What students seek is the data on passing marks out of 80, passing marks out of 100, passing marks out of 70. The same has been provided in the official document recently sent by CBSE to the principal / head of all schools for CBSE board exams 2020. The letter provides details of all the class 10 and 12 subjects, their marks distribution, as well as the passing marks criteria.

Depending upon the paper, theory paper may be of 60, 70, 80, or 100 marks. If it is for a class 12 student, then they need to get at least 33% out of the maximum marks (70, 80, or 100) in order to pass theory paper alone. Separately for practicals they should get 33% marks. And in total also, they should get 33% marks.

The passing marks out of 70 is 23. Passing marks out of 80 is 26. And the passing marks out of 100 is 33.

Marks in internals and practicals are 20, 30, 40. Passing marks out of 20 is 6, that out of 30 is 9, and passing marks out of 40 is 13.

Wherever the theory paper is of 60 marks, there the passing criteria in that paper is of 19 marks.

When it comes to class 10 students on the other hand, there will not be a fixed passing marks out of 70, 80, or 100 in theory paper as the passing criteria is on the total marks and not the theory marks. So all class 10 students need to get 33 marks in total of the theory paper, and wherever applicable, practical, internal assessment, project.

In CBSE class 10 board exam 2020, there are around 44 subjects with a 80-20 break up of marks, 8 subjects with 30-70 or 30-50-20 break up, 4 with 70-30 marks distribution, and 16 subjects where marks are split into 50-50.

Whereas for class 12, nearly 44 subjects have a 80-20 split up of marks, 26 where marks are 70-30, 16 subjects with 30-70 marks distribution, and around 31 where marks are divided as 60-40 between theory and other components.

Last year 83.4% students had passed in class 12 board exams in CBSE. Whereas 91.1% passed in class 10. This year the board exams are scheduled from February 15, 2020, to March 31, 2020.