Students of class XII who appeared for CBSE boards this year from Delhi region, having PCM as their main subjects and have scored 84% or less in each of the respective subjects were given a 32 marks boost by the board. This is nearly 11% of the total marks in the three subjects by virtue of moderation.  Similar ‘extra marks’ have been given for other subjects as well.

The breakup of the 56 marks during the moderation process is as under –

  • Physics 11
  • Maths 11
  • Chemistry 10
  • Political Science 06
  • Economics 05
  • Biology 05
  • Business studies 05
  • Sociology 02
  • Geography 01

High moderation of marks by CBSE in class XII  boards has become a trend since 2016. ‘Moderation Process’ means granting of extra marks for variable reasons like ambiguity in questions, highly difficult level of paper, equalising different sets of question papers in case of multiple sets, unusually long question paper, tricky questions, out of syllabus questions etc. The result committee decided upon granting of these marks. Many argue that high moderation is not fair for those who otherwise performed well in the examination as this will brings them at par with not-so-good performers. Till 2015 granting of moderation marks was restricted to four or five marks only. 

Allotting of moderation marks also has a criteria –

  • Those who fail the subject will not be granted these marks. 
  • The total marks in a subject should not exceed 95 after adding the moderation marks

Following the unprecedented moderation of marks in 2016, it was decided by CBSE and 32 state boards to do away with this policy but the Delhi High Court directed that scrapping of the policy is not advisable mid-session. An Inter Board Working Group (IWBG) was set up in 2018 to provide a uniform marking for all students. It recommended doing away with awarding of moderation marks by all boards except in the cases of ambiguity in the question paper, inter-set variation in difficulty level and vagaries in the evaluation process. 

Source: Times of India