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 up 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). 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 can pursue higher education and has completed Secondary Schooling. But, 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).
The Examination and effects of CCE on it
The exam of AISSE, so called 'Board Exams', takes place with great enthusiasm in India. The children (of CBSE) now 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 is divided into 2 semesters. Each semester has two one is Formative tests and another is Summative tests. Previously, the AISSE used to be held at the end of the year. Now with the semester pattern, the exam itself is divided into two halves. The first half is from April–September and the second half is from October–March.
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.
Since year of 2001 marks for each candidate out of 500 i.e. out of 100 for each subject were published. However, with the new syllabus, only appropriate grades i.e(A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D, E1, E2)etc., are given. Later respective grade points for the corresponding grades are awarded in each subject and are averaged out. The resultant number will be the score of the student.
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, West Bengal) conduct their own Secondary School Examination, in the pattern of the local state board, known as Secondary School Certificate or SSC. The AISSE and SSC are equivalent to the GCSE taken by students in the UK.
Scheme of evaluation in other national boards