The CBSE curriculum relates to "learning by doing" and it is based on National Curriculum Framework, 2005. All other boards in India benchmark their curriculum against CBSE curriculum. CBSE has inhouse facilitator NCERT to provide books and contents based on its curriculum. In Class 12, students take 2 languages and 3 electives or 1 language and 4 electives. An additional subject may also be taken. Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit are offered at 2 levels, core and elective. English is offered at three levels, core, elective and functional. Languages in bold are not offered by ISC. Students have the following 30 languages to choose from
22 Indian languages (English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Limboo, Lepcha, Bhutia, Sanskrit, Nepali, Kashmiri, Mizo)
8 Foreign languages (Arabic, Persian, Tibetan, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese)
Either English or Hindi must be taken. Both can also be taken. Marks are in brackets (theory + practicals) Electives include the following; students have 43 elective cources to choose from
Mathematics (100, 3 hrs)
Physics (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Chemistry (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Biology (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Biotechnology (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Engineering Drawing (70, 3 hrs + 30, 3 hrs)
Home Science (70, 3 hrs + 30, 3 hrs)
Agriculture (70, 3 hrs + 30, 3 hrs)
Computer Science/Informatics Practices (70, 3 hrs + 30, 3 hrs)
Multimedia and Web Technology (70, 3 hrs + 30, 3 hrs)
Economics (100, 3 hrs)
Business Studies (100, 3 hrs)
Accountancy (80, 3 hrs + 20, 1 hr)
Entrepreneurship (70, 3 hrs + 30)
History (100, 3 hrs)
Political Science (100, 3 hrs)
Geography (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Psychology (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Sociology (80, 3 hrs + 20, 3 hrs)
Philosophy (100, 3 hrs)
Physical Education (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Fashion Studies (70, 3 hrs + 30)
Creative Writing and Translation (80, 3hrs + 20 for portfolio)
Fine Arts (common 30 marks, 1 hr theory paper on the History of Indian Art, 4 different courses)
Painting (50, 6 hrs + 20 for portfolio)
Graphics (50, 6 hrs + 20 for portfolio)
Sculpture (50, 6 hrs + 20 for portfolio)
Applied Art (50, 6 hrs + 20 for portfolio)
Music (6 different courses)
Carnatic Music (vocal)
Carnatic Music (melodic instruments)
Carnatic Music (percussion instruments)
Hindustani Music (vocal)
Hindustani Music (melodic instruments)
Hindustani Music (percussion instruments)
Dance (7 different courses)
Heritage Crafts (70, 3 hrs + 30, 3 hrs)
Graphic Design (70, 3 hrs + 20 + 10 for portfolio)
There will be no Class X board examination in CBSE schools in 2011. While there will be a board exam for Class X in 2010, grading system, based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation by schools, will kick in this year itself. Students in schools with classes only till X will have to take an “online/ offline/on demand” assessment test for seeking admission in Class XI in another school.
Students of schools with classes till XII need not take such an assessment test. It will be optional for students of these schools to take the on-demand test.
According to new CBSE guidelines, on demand assessment tests will be held more than once a year and students can repeat it to improve their grades. Also, for students interested in being evaluated on marks, schools will provide for these separately but not on the certificate.
There will be nine grades. The highest will be A1 (exceptional) with a grade point of 10 and a marks range of 91-100%. Second grade will be A2 (excellent) with a grade point of 9 and marks in the range of 81-90%. Third grade will be B1 (very good) with grade point of 8 and a marks range of 71-80%.
The fourth grade will be B2 (good) with a grade point of 7 and marks range of 61-70%. Fifth grade will be C1 (fair) with grade point of 6 and marks range of 51-60%. C2 (average) will be the sixth grade with grade point of 5 and marks range of 41-50%. D (below average) will be the seventh grade with 4 grade points and marks range of 33-40%. E1 (needs improvement) and E2 (unsatisfactory) are the last two grades.
Grading system based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) will be done in two terms (April-September, October-March). In a year, the school will conduct four formative and two summative assessments.
In the first term, there will be two formative assessments of 10% each and single summative assessment of 20%. In the second term also a similar format will be adopted. Formative assessment will carry 40% marks and summative assessment 60% marks.
CBSE also plans to offer an aptitude test that will be available by February 2010. By the time a student reaches Class XI, he/she would have undertaken the aptitude test twice, once at the end of Class IX and then at the end of Class X.
But since the grade system is being introduced in the middle of the academic session, students of Class IX — who will be the first batch not to take Class X board examination in 2011 — will have to go through two formative and one summative assessment in the October-March term in schools.