CBSE Board Exam

The full form of CBSE is Central Board of Secondary Education. CBSE is a national level educational body for public and private schools that is under the direct control of the Government of India. CBSE conducts board examinations for students of class 10th and class 12th on a national scale every year. CBSE is the national education board of the country for public and private schools. Recognised worldwide, CBSE is an autonomous body that works under the supervision of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The current chairman of the Board is Manoj Ahuja.

It was established less than two decades after the independence of India in 1962. This makes it older than most other major India Educational boards. It has its headquarters in New Delhi with regional offices in cities like Delhi, Chennai, Ajmer, etc.

English and Hindi are both considered to be the board’s official languages. The examination which CBSE conducts for class 10th students is known as AISSE, while the examination for class 12th students is called AISSCE.  CBSE also conducts the National Eligibility Test(NET) for the recruitment of teachers every year.

Introduction :

The CBSE was given its present name ‘Central Board of Secondary Education’s in the year 1952. The Board was reconstituted in the year 1962 when its jurisdiction was extended. Education being a subject on the concurrent list of Indian constitution – most of the states also have their own educational boards with different curriculum.
The CBSE is the main apex board which is not only having a pan Indian jurisdiction but also has global presence with  nearly 141 affiliated schools across 21 countries.

The Board grants affiliation to Schools up to higher secondary level and develops common curriculum keeping nationwide requirements in focus.  The affiliation is considered as a prestigious recognition as it requires the schools to follow rigid quality standards.The CBSE affiliation is internationally accepted. The CBSE carries out continuous research and development for the advancement of the academic standards in the country. It has recently introduced the Grading system based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE).The CBSE also conducts certain important examinations like AIEEE “ All India  Engineering Entrance Examination and the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination also.

CBSE History

The U.P. Board of High School and Intermediate Education was the first Board set up in India in the year 1921 with jurisdiction over Rajputana, Central India and Gwalior. Again in the year 1929  the then Government of India suggested to set up a joint Board in 1929 for all the areas which was named as the  ‘ Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Rajputana.

This included Ajmer, Merwara, Central India and Gwalior. This was done in response to the representation made by the Government of United Provinces. Over time -the Board witnessed rapid growth and expansion at the level of Secondary education resulting in improved quality and standard of education in its affiliated institutions.

With the advent of State Universities and State Boards in various parts of the country the jurisdiction of the Board was confined only to Ajmer, Bhopal and Vindhya Pradesh later.  As a result of this, in 1952 , the constitution of the Board was amended wherein its jurisdiction was extended to part-C and Part-D territories and the Board was given its present name ‘Central Board of Secondary Education’.

As a result of the reconstitution,the erstwhile ‘ Delhi Board of Secondary Education’  was merged with the Central Board and thus all the educational institutions recognized by the Delhi Board also became a part of the Central Board .

Subsequently, all the schools located in the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim got affiliated with the Board. Later schools in Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chhattisgarh also got affiliation with the Board.

CBSE is a self-financing establishment which meets the recurring and non-recurring  expenditure without any grant-in-aid either from the Central Govt. or from any other source.  All the financial requirements of the Board are met from the annual examination charges, affiliation fee, admission fee for PMT. All India Engineering Entrance Examination and sale of Board’s publications.

CBSE Board Details :

Central Board of Secondary Education





3 November 1962 (57 years ago)


Governmental Board of Education


New Delhi, India

Official language

  • Hindi
  • English


Manoj Ahuja, IAS

Parent organisation

Ministry of Human Resource Development


21,499 schools (2019)



Regional offices

CBSE Regional Offices

Regional Office


States/UT's/Areas covered


Todarmal Marg, Ajmer-305030

Rajasthan & Gujarat


Degree College Building No. 57, Heserghatta Main Road, Near Sapthagiri Hospital, Chimney Hills, Chikkabanavara, Bengaluru - 560090



Rohit Nagar, Phase-II, Ward No.53, Bawadia Kalan, Bhopal-462039

Madhya Pradesh


Plot No. 4(PT), Saileshree Vihar, Chandrasekharpur, District Khordha - 751 021, Odisha

West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh


SCO-34 To 37, Jubilee Square, Block E, Aerocity, SAS Nagar, Mohali, Punjab

U.T. of Chandigarh, Punjab, J&K, U.T. of Ladakh


New No-3, Old No. 1630 A, "J" Block, 16th Main Road Anna Nagar West, Chennai-600040

Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands


99, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun - 248001, Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand and Districts of Uttar Pradesh - Badaun, Bijnour, J.P.Nagar/ Amroha, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Rampur, Saharanpur and Sambhal

Delhi East

PS-1-2, Institutional Area, I.P.Extn. Patparganj, Delhi-110 092.

East Delhi, South East Delhi, South Delhi, South West Delhi, New Delhi, Shahdara and Foreign Schools

Delhi West

C-128 & C-129, Mangolpuri Industrial Area, Phase-1, Delhi – 110083

West Delhi, North West Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi and Central Delhi


Shilpo gram Road (Near Sankar dev Kalakshetra), Panjabari, Guwahati-781037

Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram


A-83, Sector -136, Noida, G.B. Nagar (U.P.) – 201305

Agra, Aligarh, Baghpat, Bareilly, Bulandshahar, Etah, Firojabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Hathras, Kasganj / Kashi Ram Nagar, Mainpuri, Mathura, Meerut, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Shamli


Sector- 5 , Panchkula - 134109 (Haryana)

Haryana,U.T.of Chandigarh, Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh


Ambika Complex, Behind State Bank Colony, Near Brahmsthan, Sheikhpura, Raza Bazar, Bailey Road Patna-800 014

Bihar, Jharkhand

Prayagraj (Allahabad)

35 B, Civil Station, M.G. Marg, Civil Lines, Prayagraj (Allahabad) - 211001

Ambedkar Nagar, Amethi, Auraiya, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Balrampur, Banda, Barabanki, Basti, Bhadohi, Chandauli, Chitrkoot, Deoria, Etawah, Farukkhabad, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Hamirpur, Hardoi, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Jhanshi, Kannauj, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur Nagar, Kaushambi, Kushi Nagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, Lucknow, Maharajganj, Mahoba, Mau, Mirjapur, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, RaiBareilly, Sant Kabir Nagar, Shrabasti, Siddharth Nagar, Sitapur, Sonbhadra, Sultanpur, Unnao and Varanasi


RLM Business Park, SR. NO. 28/4/A, Old Kharadi Mundava Road, Opposite to Bollywood Multiplex, Kharadi, Pune – 411014, Maharashtra

Maharashtra, Goa, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli


Block - B, 2nd floor, LIC Divisional Office Campus, Pattom, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - 695004, Kerala

Kerala & Lakshadweep



Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

• The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was established on 1st July, 1962 by the Central Government at New Delhi.

• It is an autonomous body fully controlled by the Government of India.

 • In order to execute its functions effectively, and maintain the educational standards, the Board has decentralized its administration.

• As a result, Regional Offices have been set up in different part of the country to be more responsive to the affiliated schools.

 • It has regional offices in Ajmer, Chennai, Allahabad, Guwahati, Chandigarh and Delhi.

• It aims at developing the quality of secondary education and fulfills the minimum requirements of the learners at the secondary stage.

• It gives stress on curriculum, text books, methods of teaching and evaluation procedure of secondary education in order to bring qualitative improvement of education at secondary stage. Important Role of CBSE

• It conducts the secondary and higher secondary examinations at all India level.

• It conduct the secondary and higher secondary examinations of union territories.

• It conducts the examinations of secondary schools which arc affiliated to CBSE only.

• It organized orientation course for the teachers of secondary schools those are affiliated to CBSE.

 • It provides guidelines for CBSE affiliated institutions.

• It prepares curriculum and text books for CBSE pattern schools.

• It prepares instructional materials required by teachers and students.

• It disseminates improved techniques and practices through orientation courses for teachers.

• The CBSE provides affiliation to schools.

• It also supplies certificates to the pass out students after secondary and high secondary examination.

What's new in CBSE Exams 2021

The Board has reduced the CBSE Syllabus 2021 by 30 per cent due to COVID19 pandemic followed by extended lockdowns leading to delay in the commencement of the academic session. It is planning to further slash the syllabus.


CBSE Board Important Dates 2021



Release of CBSE Date Sheet (Class 10th and 12th)


Class 10th and 12th Practical examinations

1-Mar-2021 to 7-Jun-2021

Class 10th main examinations 

4-May-2021 to 7-Jun-2021

Class 12th main examinations

4-May-2021 to 11-Jun-2021

Announcement of CBSE 12th Result 

By July 15, 2021

Announcement of CBSE 10th Result 

By July 15, 2021


According to the data shared by CBSE, a total of 1,46,604 students appeared for Class 10 Compartmental Exams of which 82,903 students cleared the exam in 2020. The overall pass percentage for CBSE 10th Compartmental Exam Result 2020 was 55.56%.For Class 12th, a total of 105847 students appeared for the Compartment examinations of which 62904 students cleared the. The overall pass percentage was 59.43.

While for the class XII examinations, 12,18,393 students had registered, out of which 12,05,484 students appeared for the examinations and 10,05,427 had cleared the CBSE examinations. It saw a pass percentage of 83.40.According to the official statistics, in 2019, as many as 3,25,638 students had registered for the CBSE Class X board examinations, while only 3,22,067 appeared, out of which only 2,60,789 successfully cleared the examinations, making it a pass percentage of 80.97.

Other exams conducted by CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education also conducts entrance exams. Some of the popular national level entrance tests conducted by CBSE are mentioned below: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) is designed, developed, and conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education annually to shortlist meritorious students for Class VI admission in each Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV). It also conducts the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) among others.
Now that you have completed Class XII, it is time to take a decision regarding course selection for higher studies. To help you make an informed decision for a smooth career-building process,.


Who can appear for examinations conducted by CBSE?

Generally, only students enrolled in CBSE-affiliated schools can appear for AISSE examinations in class 10th and for AISSCE in class 12th .

Students from any caste, creed, religion, economic background, sect, gender, tribe or race can appear for these examinations.

Students who have done their master’s degree with an aggregate of over 55%(50% for non-general categories) from a UGC recognized university in Humanities, Social Sciences, etc can appear for the National Eligibility Test as per CBSE rules.


Where to find CBSE Schools?

Almost every city in India has at least one CBSE school which can be found by using the CBSE school directory. The number of schools affiliated to CBSE is over 20,290 and this number keeps growing with each passing year.

Some of the biggest school chains like DPS, ensure that all their branches are CBSE-affiliated. All  Kendriya Vidyalayas are also affiliated to CBSE. Some of the best schools in India are CBSE schools. Almost all the best schools in education hubs like Noida, Delhi, etc are CBSE Schools


Advantages of CBSE?

  • Simply and lighter syllabus when compared to other Indian boards.
  • The number of CBSE schools is much higher than any other board, which makes switching schools much easier, especially when the student has to move to a different state.
  • CBSE students usually score higher marks than their ICSE, ISC or State-board counterparts.
  • Most undergraduate competitive exams in India are based on the CBSE prescribed syllabus.
  • CBSE encourages students to take part in extra co-curricular activities
  • CBSE students are usually found to be more fluent in English when compared to students from most state boards.
  • While the quality of education that students receive depends more on their own particular school rather than the board, the standards which CBSE has set assures that most CBSE schools provide good and proper education to their students.


Where to find CBSE School exam results?

Results for both AISSE and AISSCE can be found on Class 10th students must score 33% marks in total to get promoted to class 11. Class 12th students need to score 33% marks in both theory and practicals to graduate.


CBSE Marking Scheme and ICSE Marking Scheme

Mark Range


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Top 20 CBSE Schools in India:-

1. DAV Sr. Sec. School, Mogappair, Chennai

2. DAV Girls Sr. Sec. School, Lloyds Road, Chennai

3. DAV Boys Sr. Sec. School, Lloyds Road, Chennai

4. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Deoghar, Jharkhand

5. Sri Kumaran Children’s Home School, Bangalore

6. National Public School, Koramangala, Bangalore

7. Chinmaya International Residential School, Coimbatore

8. National Public School, HSR Layout, Bangalore

9. Delhi Public School, Harni, Vadodara

10. The Heritage School, Sector 62, Gurgaon

11. Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indira Nagar, Chennai

12. DAV Girls Senior Secondary School, Mogappair, Chennai

13. HAL Public School, Bangalore

14. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chennithala, Alappuzha

15. National Academy for Learning, Bangalore

16. Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27B, Chandigarh

17. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Neriamangalam, Kerala

18. Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai

19. Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate, New Delhi

20. Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthinilayam, AP