CBSE Grading System Class 10

The Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced a new grading system for Class 10 students. The new nine-point scale grading system will require students to get qualifying grades in 4 out of 5 subjects to get promoted to the next higher class. The board has decided not to carry a pass or fail on the mark sheet of students. The grading system has been introduced to reduce the unnecessary pressure from students by means of continuous evaluation by taking a number of small tests throughout the year, instead of a single test at the end of the academic session.

CBSE Grading System

The new grading system will have a five-point scale, in which students will be awarded grades from A to E. This grading system was implemented to eliminate the schools from showing the numerical scores on the report card of each student. Know more about the CBSE marking scheme and CBSE grading system class 10 through this article. The nine-point grading system employed to measure the scholastic achievements of students are given in the below table.

CBSE Board Exam Grading System for Class 10

The Board Examination in each subject will cover entire syllabus of Class 10. For awarding the grades, the Board will put all the passed students in a rank order and will award the grades.

A-1 Top 1/8th of the passed candidates
A-2 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
B-1 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
B-2 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
C-1 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
C-2 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
D-2 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
D-2 Next 1/8th of the passed candidates
E Essential Repeat

The method of grading will be used in subjects where the number of students who have passed is more than 500. In respect of subjects where total number of students passing a subject is less than 500, the grading would be adopted on the pattern of grading and distribution in other similar subjects.

CBSE Grading System for Class 9

The assessment scheme will be similar to Class 10 Board examination. However, the grading in Class 9 will be as follows:

Grading Scale for Scholastic Areas Class 9

Marks Range Grade Grade Point
91-100 A1 10.0
81-90 A2 9.0
71-80 B1 8.0
61-70 B2 7.0
51-60 C1 6.0
41-50 C2 5.0
33-40 D 4.0
32 and below Essential Repeat

Absolute grading in Class 9 is used keeping in view the number of students appearing from any particular school as against positional grading used for class X

Assessment of Art Education and Health and Physical Education

In the existing scheme of assessment, the activities related to art education, health and physical education will be graded on a 5- point grading scale (A to E) for classes 9-10 and will have no descriptive indicators. The students shall be assessed on two areas i.e. Art Education, Health and Physical Education. Work Experience is subsumed in the Physical and Health Education. No up scaling of grades will be done.

Details of Five-point Grading for Art Education (Class 9 and 10)

CBSE grading system for Art Education for Class 9 and 10 is shown below:

Grade Connotation
A Exemplary
B Proficient
C Developing
D Emerging
E Beginner

Distribution of Grades for Internal Assessment in Health and Physical Education (with Work Experience subsumed in it)

Strand Periods (Approx) Grades*
Athletics/ Swimming Team Games
Individual Games/ Activity
Adventure Sports
90 periods While filling online data, following grades may be filled against HPE:
Class IX-X: Grade (A-E) on 5-point scale (A, B, C, D, E)
2. Health and Fitness 50 periods
3. SEWA 50 periods Grades of SEWA is considered against Work Experience
Class IX-X: Grade (A-E) on 5-point scale (A, B, C, D, E)
4. Health and Activity Card 10 periods
Total 200 periods

Apart from this, a student is provided with CGPA which stands for cumulative grade point assessment which defines the average of grade points in all main subjects.

CGPA = Sum of Grade points obtained in 5 main subjects/5

To know more about CGPA, visit the CGPA Calculator page and get to know how the percentage is obtained from CGPA.

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