In a report released by the Central Board of Secondary Education on the five years of working of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), it stated that students who skipped class 10 board examination performed extremely well in class 12 examination.
CCE made taking class 10 board examination optional. The first batch to miss out on the class 10 board exams was in 2011. By 2013 the pass percentage recorded a high of 98.76% which was miles ahead of 88.94% in 2009 when CCE was not introduced. Impact of making class 10 examination optional could be seen in class 12 also. In 2012-13, 6.82 lakh students appeared for class 12 examination. Among them, the percentage of students who had appeared in the school exam in class 10 were 64.93% and those who opted for Board examination were 35.07%. In class 12, 18.52% students scored more than 80%. The corresponding figure for students who appeared for board and school examination in class 10 were 17.4% and 19.44% respectively.
CBSE’s analysis of class 12 results shows that students who skipped the Board’s class 10 exam have done better, both in terms of high marks and mean marks. CBSE took 100 samples of 30,000 students across India who took board exams in class 10 in 2011 and similar sample of those who took school based assessment.