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CBSE 2024 Board Exam Dates Released: Know the Schedule & Points to Remember

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates for the 2024 board examinations. The exams will begin on 15th February 2024 and will conclude on 10th April 2024 for students in classes 10 and 12. CBSE has planned to conduct all papers within 55 days of commencement.

This year, CBSE revised the board exam paper pattern for the examinations which are to be conducted starting in 2024. It incorporated several recommendations made by the National Education Policy. Let’s take a look at the revisions made for board 2024.

Exam Paper Pattern for Boards 2024

In the revised pattern, CBSE has increased the number of multiple-choice questions students must solve in the exam. Moreover, it has also decided to increase the weightage of competency-based questions in the exam.

For class 12, 20% of questions in the exam will be MCQs. 40% of the paper will consist of competency-based questions in the form of source-based, case study-based or multiple-choice questions. The rest of the paper, that is 40%, will comprise long and short-answer questions.

For class 10, 20% of the questions will be MCQs, followed by 50% of competency-based questions in the form of integrated questions, case or source-based questions and MCQs. The last 30% of the paper will contain long and short-answer questions.

Marking Scheme for Boards 2024

CBSE has also revised the marking scheme for the academic year 2023-24. For all board exams from 2024, CBSE will follow a 60:40 ratio where 60% weightage will be given to theory and 40% to practical papers.

For class 12, CBSE will follow a 20-30-50 marking scheme where 20% of marks will be allotted to objective questions, 30% to competency-based questions and 50% to subjective questions.

Competency-Based Questions For Boards 2024

CBSE has incorporated competency-based questions to improve the application-based understanding among students. These questions will be asked in the form of response-based questions, assertion reasoning questions, case-study-based questions and so on. They are designed to evaluate the student’s ability to apply their learning to real-life situations, which assesses their higher-order thinking skills. The purpose of these questions is to encourage qualitative and logical learning among students rather than rote memorization of core concepts.

How to Prepare for Competency-Based Questions?

Since the exams are just 6 months away, students should start preparing for these questions at the earliest. They can practise competency-based questions from sample papers, practice tests and assertion-reasoning questions, which have been a part of the CBSE syllabus for years. Since building critical thinking and problem-solving skills is the main aim behind solving competency-based questions, students should refer to revision notes, video lessons and previous years’ papers to really understand each topic in detail.


With just 6 months to go for the board exams, it is a good time for students to start with their examination prep in full swing. For comprehensive preparation, TopperLearning offers a range of study packages containing detailed study materials and practice questions. The validity of each package varies. For example, the Annual Course pack has validity till March 2024 for long-term access to the learning resources. Students can also choose the Monthly Packs for short-term, 1-month access to study materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1. How many exams will be conducted by boards in 2024?

Ans: The CBSE board has returned to its prior system of conducting one year-end examination instead of semester exams. As a result, students will now only have to sit for the CBSE board exams once a year, at the end of their academic year.

Q 2. What are the full marks for CBSE 2024 board exams?

Ans: Each subject has a total of 100 marks. Out of the total 100, 80 is for theory, and 20 is reserved for practical papers.

Q 3. What is the passing percentage for the CBSE 2024 board exams?

Ans: The pass percentage for the 2024 board exams is 33%. Students need to obtain at least 33% marks in theory and practical individually to pass the subject. Overall, they need to obtain 33% to pass the exam.


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