Examination Reforms and Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in the Central Board of Secondary Education
“The Central Board of Secondary Education introduced Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in Primary Classes in 2004 (Circular No. 5/18/25/04). The achievement records and its formats was also circulated for Classes I to V with the objective of facilitating holistic learning in the school. The focus was on identifying the talents of the learner and empowering with positive inputs. The Board recommended a five point rating scale, it also recommended the elimination of the pass/fail system at the primary classes (Circular No. 31/04/21/05). The Board has also followed it up by extending this scheme up to classes VI to VIII and developed a CCE card on School Based Assessment for the same Circular No./2/06). 
The scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) will be now further strengthened in all affiliated schools from October 2009. The Class IXstudents will be assessed through the CCE by the school itself. 
The AEES has also proposed to strengthen the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation CCE) scheme from the academic session 2010-11 in all its schools and in classes from I to X as suggested by CBSE (APC-2009-10). So long as further instructions/changes are not received from CBSE the following pattern of examination will be followed in AEES in all the classes.
What is this system?
Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation refers to a system of school based assessment that covers all aspects of student’s development. The comprehensive component of CCE takes care of assessment of all round development of the child’s personality. It includes assessment inscholastic and co-scholasticaspects in pupils’ growth. Students will be evaluated both in scholastic and non-scholastic areas.

  1. As per the new pattern, students will be assessed in two areas - Scholastic and Co-scholastic.

For assessment of the scholastic areas, the academic year is divided in two terms and two types of tests will be conducted to assess the academic subjects as given in Table 1 below.
Table 1

Term wise weightage

Class Term1 (April – September) Term-2 (October – March)
FA1 FA2 SA-1 Total FA3 FA4 SA2 Total
I - X 10% 10% 30% 50% 10% 10% 30% 50%

Formative Assessment
The formative assessment is a tool for a teacher to continuously monitor the progress of a student. The assessment (in secondary) may include quizzes, conversations, oral testing, visual testing, projects, practical, assignments, class test, class-work, home work etc. The teacher is free to take any number of formative tests in his/her subject during the year but only four formative tests will be taken into account in each subject. Performance of the students will b reflected in grades.
In primary classes the formative tests will be in the form of –Dictation, oral test, class test, home work, class work, assignments & projects (III to V),Memory test, Story telling, Quiz (III to V), Elocution (III to V) or any other tool found suitable by the teacher. The formative tests are purely informal, however, the teachers will inform the date and time of test before hand. These tests will be taken in the regular periods only.
Summative Assessment
The Summative assessment is the terminal assessment of performance at the end of instruction. Under the end term Summative assessment, the students will be tested internally. The Summative assessment will be in the form of a pen-paper test conducted by the schools themselves. It will be conducted at the end of each term twice in a year. The schedule for the same is given below.

  1. Tests & Examinations for all classes – I to X Table 2
TestsClassesDates/ MonthsSyllabus
Formative Assessment -1     (FA-1) I  to X April and June - 2013 April-2013 to Sept.-2013
(First Term)
Formative Assessment -2    (FA-2) I  to X July and August – 2013
Summative assessment-1    (SA-1) I  to X 3rd week of Septemer 2013
Formative Assessment -3    (FA-3) I  to X Oct, Nov and Dec-2013 Oct 2013 to March 2014 (Second Term)
Formative Assessment -4    (FA-4) I  to X Jan and Feb - 2014
Summative Assessment-2   (SA-2) I  to IX March 2014


  1. SA-1 and SA-2 for classes IX and X are to be done as per the directions of CBSE.
  2. Schedule of examination for classess XI and XII are to be done as per the affiliation to those classes i.e. State Board, CBSE etc.

Grading system

All assessment with regard to the academic status of the students shall be done in marks and overall assessment will be given in grades in 9 point scale in secondary (classes IX & X), 7 point scale for middle school (classes VI to VIII) and 5 point scale for primary (classes I to V). The report cards will carry the grades only.
The performance of the students in the primary classes will also be shown in GRADES (5 point scale) as per previous practice. The grades will be given on the basis of performance of the students in all the 6 tests. The new grading system is given below in Table-3.
Primary classes (5 point scale) Table 3 (a)

Grade – 1 Outstanding A* 90% to 100 %
Grade – 2 Excellent A 75% to 89 %
Grade – 3 Very Good B 56% to 74 %
Grade – 4 Good C 35% to 55 %
Grade – 5 Can Do Better D Below 35 %

Secondary classes (9 point scale) Table 3 (b)

Marks RangeGradeGrade PointsMarks RangeGradeGrade Points
91 – 100 A1 10.0 41 – 50 C2 5.0
81 – 90 A2 9.0 33 – 40 D 4.0
71 – 80 B1 8.0 21 – 32 E1 -
61 – 70 B2 7.0 20 and below E2 -
51 – 60 C1 6.0 CBSE Circular No. 40/29.09.09
  1. Subject, marks, duration of written examination (For all classes)

Table 4

ClassesSubjectsSummative Test – 1 & 2 MarksDurationExceptions
I to V English, Hindi, EVS & Mathematics 50 2 hours + 15 minutes readingtime EVS will not be tested in I & II in SA-1
English, Social Science, Hindi/Marathi, Science Mathematics, Computer science 90 2 hours 30 minutes + 15 minutes reading time English 3 hrs, 3rd language 2hrs – 50 marks
Classes Subjects Summative Test – 1 & 2 Marks Duration Exceptions
IX & X English, Social Science, Hindi/Marathi, Science Mathematics 90 3 hours + 15 minutes reading time (Flexible time 3 to 3 ½ hours Science (Th) 2hrs 30 min, Science (Practical skills test 1 hour 30 min)

Note –

  1. There will be no written test in EVS for classes I & II in the 1st summative assessment. Only oral test will be conducted.
  2. Flexible examination test will be followed wherever applicable.
  3. SA-1 and SA-2 for classes IX and X are to be done as per the directions of CBSE.
  4. Schedule of examination for classess XI and XII are to be done as per the affiliation to those classes i.e. State Board, CBSE etc.
  1. Scholastic – B – For classes VI to X

(These subjects will be evaluated in 5 point scale (A+, A, B+, B, C) There will be 3 subjects – Work experience, Art education & Physical & Health Education. The weightage is given below.
Table 5

SubjectsFirst termSecond Term
Work experience (Computer Education) Practical exam conducted before SA-1 20% Practical exam at the end of 2nd term 30%
Assignments/note books/class work 10%
Project work 10%
Summative test -1      
20% Viva 10%
Art Education & Music To follow the continuous assessment and give the grades at the end on the basis of class/home assignments
Physical & Health Education Continuous assessment – yoga/assembly 40% Theory test (SA-2) 30%
Practical 30%
  1. Part 2 : Co-scholastic areas (VI to X)

Evaluation of this area deals with the collection of evidences regarding the changes which occur in the learner’s behaviour during the teaching learning process. Based on these evidences, interpretation and judgment, the progress of the learner is arrived at and decisions taken. There will be no written examination as far as co-scholastic area is concerned. Teachers in a group will observe the behavioural change in the learner and assign the grades. These areas consist of:

2.a Life skills Thinking skills: Social skills, Emotional skills
2.b Attitudes and values Attitude towards –teachers, school mates, school property, school programmes, environment, value systems.
Part 3 Co-scholastic activities
3.a Skills (Any two of the following to be assessed) Literary and creative skills; Scientific skills; Aesthetic and performing art, clubs (eco club, health and wellness and others)
3.b Health and physical education (Any two of the following to be assessed) 1. Sports/indigenous sports; 2. NCC/NSS;
3. Scouting and guiding 4. Swimming;
5. Gymnastics; 6.Yoga
7. First –aid; 8. Gardening/Shramdan


Sub Head


  1. Term wise plan for different classes and subjects: -   planning is down as per KVS split-up schedule and according to the periodical instructions from KVS RO Jabalpur.
  2. Conduct of FA -1- 1st& 2nd weeks of July

FA-2 – 1st April to 31st Aug 2014

FA-3 – 2nd& 3rd weeks of Dec.2014

FA-4 -  1st Oct. 2014 to 28th Feb. 2015

  1. Specific Plan for FA-2 & FA-4 :- three activities i.e. written assignments, group projects(based on experiment, investigation research etc.) & presentations will be common under the scheme of FA-2 & FA-4 in addition, a teacher is free to carry out minimum one meaningful activity out of the suggested list of areas. Finally the marks secured by children out of four or more activities under FA-2 & FA 4 need to be reduced to 10 respectively. FA 4 grades for IX & X are the grades obtained in PSA.
  2. Program of action form Non scholastic subjects:- Grades are given in all non scholastic subjects term wise. Program of action in detailed in head 09