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CBSE Board Exam 2021: PIB Refutes The Fake News On Reduction In Passing Marks To 23%

21 January, 2021

By Aparajita Das

A social media post about an alleged reduction in the passing marks for CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board exams, was being circulated lately. It stated that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has lowered the passing marks to 23% from 33% for the next 10th and 12th Board exams. However, on Wednesday, PIB issued a statement dismissing this rumour, and affirmed that no such changes in the passing marks for CBSE 10th and 12th Board exams have been decided upon by the Education Ministry.



The Press Information Bureau took to its Twitter handle to declare: “Claim: On social media, it is being claimed in a post that the passing marks for Class 10 and Class 12 board exams 2021 have been reduced from 33 percent to 23 percent.” It further added, “#PIBFactCheck: This claim is fake. The Education Minister of India has made no such announcements.”.


The CBSE Class 10 and 12 Board exam dates have been announced by Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Union Education Minister. Evidently, the post that went viral on Whatsapp and other social media platforms conveyed misleading information regarding the passing marks for the CBSE 10th and 12th Boards exam. However, in light of the breach in learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the Ministry of Education has already declared a 30% reduction in the syllabus of Class 10 and Class 12. Many students and teachers faced technical issues adapting to the online classes of the new normal. This transition from traditional schooling to digital education has not been the same for all. It came with a few downsides, like the issue of the internet accessibility, for the students in the rural areas. Hence, the CBSE 10th and 12th Board exams are set to conducted from May 4, 2021, to June 10, 2021.


PIB has refuted all fake notices about the re-opening of schools in the midst of the pandemic. It recommends that students should only rely upon the information published by the Ministry of Education about the re-opening of schools and board exams.