Board Exams 2018 | Minimum Passing Marks Required by Various Boards

The Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations has brought down the passing marks for ICSE and ISC examinations. The move comes to make the CISCE examination equivalent to the other school education boards in the country.

Here we have listed the minimum marks required by various school education boards in the country for qualifying the class 10th and class 12th exams.

Passing Marks in CBSE

CBSE has kept the minimum qualifying marks as 33 percent for both class 10 and class 12 exams. CBSE students must score at least 33 percent marks in internals, practicals, and theory individually to pass the subject as a whole.

Minimum marks in CISCE

The minimum passing marks required for class 10 ICSE exams were 35 percent previously. Now the CISCE has reduced the minimum marks for class 10 to 33 percent. Initially, the minimum qualifying marks for class 12 ISC exams were 40 percent. Now ICSE has reduced the qualifying marks for class 12 exams to 35 percent. The reduction in qualifying marks doesn’t makes much difference. CISCE has done this to bring the criteria at par with other education boards in the country.

Minimum pass marks in Kerala Board

The SSLC class 10 exams in Kerala are graded and minimum 30 percent marks are required to qualify the exams. Candidates scoring marks between 30 to 39 percent (D+ grade) in SSLC are eligible to appear in SAY (Save A Year) exams. For class 12, minimum 30 percent marks are required in the continuous evaluation, practical evaluation, and terminal evaluation.

Telangana (TSBIE)

The class 10 and class 12 exams are conducted by the BSE (Board of Secondary Education) and the BIE (Board of Intermediate Education) respectively. The minimum marks required to qualify the class 10 board (BSE) exams in Telangana in 30 percent. For class 12 intermediate exams the division of candidates is decided based on clearing all the papers in first and second year.

Gujarat Board (GSEB)

The Gujarat State Education Board has reduced the passing marks for class 10 and class 12 examinations. Earlier the passing percentage was 35 percent which has been reduced to 33 percent in each subject since 2010.

Tamil Nadu Board

For class 12 exams the minimum 70 marks are required out of 200 in aggregate. Class 12 students must score at least 40 out of 150 marks in theory and 30 out of 50 in practicals. The minimum passing marks required in SSLC exams is 35 percent.

Karnataka Board (KSEB)

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board conducts the SSLC exams in the state. The Department of Pre University conducts the PUC exams for which the qualifying marks are 35 percent. A minimum of 70 marks is required in language paper and 30 marks individual subjects.

Madhya Pradesh (MPBSE)

Madhya Pradesh Board has set the minimum score of 33 percent for Higher Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

West Bengal (WBCHSE)

In the state of West Bengal, students are required to score a minimum of 30 percent marks in all compulsory subjects. The division of marks has been at 90 points each since 2011. Another 10 points are given for internal evaluation.

Odisha Board

The minimum passing marks required in the HSC examination is 30 percent. Students who score between 33 to 45 percent marks will be considered in the third division.

Mizoram Board (MBSE)

For class 10 exams, students are required to score 33 percent marks both in theory and practicals. Students are required to score minimum 33% in theory, 33% in practicals and at least D grade in internal assessment.


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