CBSE to Give Grace Marks For Incorrect Question in Class 10 English Board Exam 2018

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to award 2 marks for the incorrect question to class 10 students who had attempted it in their ongoing board examination of English subject.  The decision of allotting extra two marks to the students who had attempted the comprehension passage question in their English paper was taken by the board in order to rectify the error.

Reason behind wrong question asked in CBSE 2018 English paper

During the ongoing CBSE 2018 board examination, the third question of the English paper Comprehension Passage 2 asked students to write the synonyms of the words ‘endurance’ in the second paragraph, ‘obstruction’ in the fourth paragraph and ‘motivation’ in the fifth paragraph. However, the students writing the paper got confused as the words were present in the third and the sixth paragraph but not in those as instructed. That was the reason many did not write the answer to the incorrect question related to the passage.

To this, the teachers reported the CBSE about the erroneous question in their feedback and later to which the board has decided to rectify it and grant 2 marks to all the students.

More details about CBSE 2018 papers 

However, the teachers, as well as students, thought that the English paper was an easy one and after the question paper analysis it was found that the literature part could have had been a little tougher to assess the students’ ability and knowledge. The CBSE 2018 English paper of Class 10 was held on March 12 and soon after the incident was reported it became the reason for the talk on various Whatsapp groups. It is only when the teachers and the students raised their concern about their marks being deducted to the wrong question asked in the CBSE board examination the board promised to take some action regarding it.

This isn’t the first time that CBSE board examination has come up with such discrepancies. Every year, concerns are expressed by the students appearing for the Class 10  and Class 12 in context to the questions which are proposed in the various subjects. It should be brought into the proper limelight that any mistake from the examiner’s end can affect the overall result of the students. Hence, the question papers should be set properly so that the students are rewarded as per their attempt.


Yamini S. Verma

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