New Delhi, Feb 28: Good news for the Class 10 students appearing for the board exams next week. The Central Board of Examination (CBSE) has decided to relax passing criteria. The new rule is only for the current batch.Also Read - CBSE Board Exams 2022: CBSE Makes Important Announcement For Private Candidates. Read Details Here

For this year, the students will have to achieved 33 percent overall to pass, instead of 33 percent separately in the final written test and internal assessments. This year, the final exam is mandatory after a gap of seven years. Union Human Resource Development (HRD) has made class 10 examination optional from 2010-11 batch. Also Read - CBSE Term 1 Board Exams 2022: Students Hold Protest at Jantar Mantar, Urge Board to Hold Exams in Hybrid Mode

Earlier, students had to score 33 percent in both internal assessments, which take place throughout the year, as well as the written exam in March. In most subjects, internals accounted for 20 percent of the total marks, while the written exam accounted for 80 percent. Also Read - Six More Jaipur Students Test Covid Positive, Parents' Worries Rise

But now the board has granted one time relaxation to students and made an overall 33 percent compulsory for passing. The current batch (with five main subjects) may be exempted from the mandatory separate pass criteria in subjects having component of 20-mark internals and 80-mark board examination.

However, this won’t apply to subjects where internals carry 50 marks. In these, students will have to score 33 percent separately. The class 10 examination will begin from March 5.

According to the CBSE official notification, ‘The examination committee of the board in its meeting held on February 16 after considering the circumstances and the facts that the current batch of class X (2018) is coming from a different assessment background while they were in class IX (in 2017) resolved to approve the following for this batch as a one-time measure’.

Admit cards has been issued to the students earlier and CBSE has also given strict warning to schools that they cannot hold any student admit card on the basis of their performance in the pre-board exams.