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11th December, 2023 Polity


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Context: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has introduced changes to its examination system, specifically for Class 12 board exams, starting from the examination year 2024. These changes involve the discontinuation of compartment examinations and the introduction of a new re-evaluation scheme.


  • The CISCE has decided to completely discontinue the Compartment Examination scheme from the examination year 2024 onwards.
  • Instead of compartment exams, a provision for Improvement Examinations will be available to candidates, but they can only appear for improvement in a maximum of two subjects.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) established in 1958 is a non-governmental, private board of school education in India that conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination for Class X and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) for Class XII.

Introduction of Re-evaluation of Answer Scripts

  • The new procedure includes the introduction of the "re-evaluation of answer scripts" in addition to the existing method of "rechecking of answer scripts."
  • This change aligns with the progressive thrust given by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • The re-evaluation process will allow candidates who are dissatisfied with the results of their rechecked subjects to apply for a thorough re-evaluation of their answer scripts for those specific subjects.

Re-evaluation Procedure

  • Candidates or their schools, if authorized, have the option to apply for re-evaluation within 24 hours of the specified notification on the CISCE website.
  • A fee of Rs. 1,500 per subject/paper must be paid online for each re-evaluation request. It's important to note that these charges are non-refundable.
  • The results of all re-evaluation requests received by CISCE will be collectively declared within three weeks on the CISCE website.
  • The actual re-evaluation of the answer scripts will be conducted by a qualified individual appointed by the Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE.
  • Once the subject expert completes the re-evaluation, the resulting marks, whether increased or decreased, will be considered as the final marks for that subject.

Improvement Examinations

  • Candidates will be able to take the Improvement Examination in a maximum of two subjects from the examination year 2024 onwards.
  • The details regarding Improvement Examinations and other changes are provided in the Annexures attached to the official notification.

NEP 2020 Influence

  • The changes are in line with the progressive thrust given by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, indicating a move towards a more modern and flexible examination and evaluation system.


  • The CISCE's decision involves discontinuing compartment examinations, introducing a new re-evaluation scheme, and providing the option for improvement examinations in a limited number of subjects. These changes aim to enhance the examination and evaluation processes and align with the educational reforms outlined in the National Education Policy.

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