May 1, 2017: The CBSE Board Examinations for 2017 are finally over. Delayed by over 10 days due to State Assembly Elections in 5 states in the month of February and March, the CBSE 12th and 10th Board Examinations concluded on April 29, 2017. The checking of the answer sheets would now commence all round the country. Students for class 12 are now busy with various entrance examinations and deciding on a career after 12. However, students should note that CBSE has implemented a few changes which may have an effect on your results. Here we try to understand the changes implemented by CBSE that would affect your results. Useful Link | Careers after Class 12: How to choose the career based on subjects you like

To begin with, students and parents might not be happy to note that CBSE, along with 31 other state and national boards have decided against the policy of Moderation. To further understand, moderation is a policy where in the boards decide to be lenient in their checking and give extra marks to students. In the effort to employ standardization, the marks are granted across the board to tally with the grace marks awarded. This year, however, there would be no standardization. It is expected that the CBSE Board Examinations would have lower percentages this year as the boards decide against moderation.

The decision against moderation has been initiated to curb the extra-ordinarily high cut offs at the degree courses. Sources reveal that he increasing cut offs at various universities in the country had given rise to concern. CBSE had in turn initiated a request with the HRD Ministry to urge state boards to discontinue the policy of moderation. It was important that major boards agreed with CBSE to ensure that some students were not getting undue advantage or were on the receiving end of a rough deal due to removal of moderation. Whatever be the decision, students should note that the moderation policy has been revoked from this year itself and would not be considered while marking your answer keys. CBSE 12th Results 2017: Marking Scheme suggests lenient checking

Sources employed in checking of answer sheets have however revealed that there is no direct intimation regarding the grace marks that the board might assign to students. As a rule, CBSE Boards employ a lenient policy for students who lag behind a few marks for achieving the requisite pass percentage of 33 percent in the examination. The answer sheets would start getting evaluated from today. Teachers and coordinators have yet to receive a formal notification regarding the marking schemes and how the marks would be allotted. Students are hence advised to not panic. Also Read | CBSE 12th Results 2017 expected by May 24: Things to do while you wait for results

The move of discontinuing the Moderation, sources revealed, would only adversely affect the extremely high percentages received by students. It is a well known fact that students in Delhi region were getting near perfect scores of 100 percent in various examination. The case was rather high for commerce stream candidates who have scored 99 percent in previous year Class 12 board examination.  With moderation discontinued, it is expected that only the really deserving candidates would score very high percentage. Overall, however, there is expected to be a considerable dip in the percentage of marks scored by students in their Class 10 and Class 12 Board Examination.

It is also important to note that class 10 Board Exmainations are making a comeback from this year. While the schools have already reported the internal scores for Class 10 Board examinations 2017, teachers are of the opinion that moderation might be still employed for Class 10 Examinations. The results this year are expected to be on time as CBSE has employed additional resources.