NEW DELHI: Ordered by the court to restore moderation of marks in Class XII this year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) seems to have gone way beyond reasonable limits of the policy while awarding marks. Up to 11 extra marks were given in accountancy, 10 in mathematics and eight each in physics and chemistry, documents accessed by TOI reveal.
This is apart from set-wise moderated marks awarded due to difference in difficulty level and other discrepancies. The spiking of marks, evidently done in anticipation of other boards doing the same, is bound to reopen the moderation debate.
One expert called it “not moderation, but competitive inflation” of marks. Others said such spiking of marks was putting an otherwise progressive policy (moderation) under a cloud, with all education boards getting into competitive mode.
CBSE also gave up to 10 marks as grace for candidates who failed to get qualifying marks.
TOI accessed documents on CBSE’s moderation process this year for the all India sets of question papers for 18 subjects of Class XII. In addition, there are set-specific extra marks given to the same question paper(s). For example, while physics has been awarded eight marks as moderation, for ‘set 2’ and ‘set 3’, an additional one each has been awarded.