New Delhi, Dec 6: Recently, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) announced a decrease in the minimum marks needed to pass ICSE and ISC exams. This was done to bring the minimum pass marks at par with the passing criteria of other examination boards in the country.Also Read - ICSE English Literature Paper 2 Answer Key Released by Experts: Class 10 Students Can Download PDF Format

Here is the list of minimum marks requirement of different examination boards to clear the class 10 and 12 board exams: Also Read - Cyclonic Storm Likely to Hit Odisha, Andhra Coasts Saturday Morning: IMD

1) Central Board of secondary Education (CBSE) Also Read - CBSE Term 1 Board Exams 2022: Students Hold Protest at Jantar Mantar, Urge Board to Hold Exams in Hybrid Mode

Thirty-three percent is the minimum pass percentage required to clear class 10 and 12 exams. One needs to score at least 33% in their internals and practicals and at least 33% in the theory exam to clear the subject as a whole.


As per the revised passing criteria, the Indian School Certificate (ISC) candidates need to score at least 35% marks to clear the exam. The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) students require at least 33% to pass.

3) West Bengal (WBCHSE)

In order to be declared pass, a student needs to secure a minimum of 30 per cent marks in compulsory subjects. If any subject consists of theoretical and practical paper or project work, a candidate needs to score 30% in each paper separately.

4) Gujarat Board (GSEB)

A candidate should have scored at least 33% marks per subject, to pass the board exams.

5) Kerala Board

Students are required to score 30% marks in each subject for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams. If they secure 30 to 39% in the SSLC papers then, they are eligible to appear for the Save-A-Year (SAY) exams.

For class 12 exam, students need to score minimum aggregate of 30% in continuous evaluation (CE), practical evaluation (PE) and terminal evaluation (TE).

6) Tamil Nadu (TN Board)

For class 10 exams, students need an aggregate of 35% to pass. For the Higher secondary exam, candidates require a score of at least 70 out of 200 to clear the exam.

7) Karnataka (KSEEB)

Candidates are required to score a minimum of 70 marks in the language papers and 30 marks each in individual subjects for a total of 210 out of 600 marks. An aggregate of at least 35% is required to pass the class 12 exam.

8) Odisha

The Board of Secondary Education, Odisha has set the minimum marks at 30% to pass the HSC examinations. Students who scored between 33% and 45% will be considered to have passed in the third division. However, if a student is not able to meet the passing marks in one or more subjects but has a score of 250 marks or above in the aggregate then, they would be declared compartmentally passed. They can clear the complete examination by appearing for it up to a maximum of three consecutive examinations, immediately following the one in which they failed.