All India Secondary School Examination
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All India Secondary School Examination (also known as AISSE) is a centralized public examination that students (belonging to CBSE-Affiliated schools) in India take after class 10. The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the AISSE during the period of February every year even after implementing the ambitious project of CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation.) Now, that Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to discontinue the CCE pattern as a result JEE, NEET, etc. shall now be conducted by National Testing Agency instead. Generally students are tested on English, Languages (Native or Foreign), Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences (History, Democratic Politics, Geography and Economics), Arts, Dances and other optional subjects. Successful candidates are awarded with the AISSE Secondary School Completion Certificate, a Statement of Marks and a Migration Certificate stating that the candidate has completed Secondary Schooling and can pursue higher education. For the 2017-18 academic year, the Central Board of Secondary Education has revived the old system of syllabus and marking scheme (complete syllabus for AISSE and marks out of 500.) Exams are to commence on 5 March 2018.
The examination and effects of CCE on it
The AISSE exams, commonly called 'Board Exams', take place with great enthusiasm in India. The children (of CBSE) used to study in a stream of evaluation called the CCE. This method had been put into force by the then Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal to reduce the stress on students. According to the new trend-setter, the entire year had been divided into 2 semesters. Each semester had two Formative tests and one Summative tests. Previously, the AISSE used to be held at the end of the year. Now with the semester pattern, the exam itself being divided into two halves. The first half was from April–September and the second half was from October–March. From the academic year 2017-18 onwards, the CCE scheme has been replaced by the traditional system.
Each subject is marked out of a total of 90 (Theoretical/ written) and 10 marks for Practical assessment techniques such as Assignments, Classroom Projects and Presentations. But according to the new pattern, each subject is marked out of a total of 80 (Theoretical) and remaining 20 marks are divided into 5 for practical assessment, 5 for notebook submission and 10 for Practice tests conducted by the schools(CBSE-affiliated) autonomously.
Each candidate is marked
out of 500 i.e. out of 100 for each subject.
In India, schools and junior colleges often consider AISSE scores for admission to Higher Secondary disciplines (Humanities, Sciences, Commerce or Vocational Courses) in the absence of admission tests. Thus the AISSE exams turn to be the deciding factor in deciding in which stream will the student be comfortable .
Some states in India (e.g. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal) conduct their own Secondary School Examination, in the pattern of the local state board, known as Secondary School Certificate (SSC). The AISSE and SSC are equivalent to the GCSE taken by students in the UK.