CBSE to take ‘remedial measures’ on tough 12th Maths paper
None, 17 Mar 2016, #CBSE Class 12th

After uproar over 12th Board Mathematics paper being tough and questions being allegedly leaked on social media prior to the conduct of the exam on March 14, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has agreed to consult subject matter experts and take remedial action before the evaluation process.

Taking into consideration the growing concerns, the CBSE said in a statement, “feedback received from various stakeholders including students, subject teachers, examiners will be placed before the committee of subject experts and the board will take remedial measures before evaluation.”

The statement from the Board came out only after Members of Parliament from several parties raised the issue in the Lok Sabha on March 16, demanding a discussion.


Citing the media reports, Congress leader KC Venugopal and RSP member NK Premchandran referred most of the questions as “very difficult” and also “out of syllabus”.


Referring to the feedback from students, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu expressed concerns over the high difficulty level of Mathematics paper and assured to request for the Education Minister Smriti Irani's intervention into the issue.


"Certain questions were very tough and even bright students couldn't answer them effectively," Naidu said in the Lok Sabha.


Hours later, the Human Resources Development Ministry clarified that it had already examined the reports of the paper being leaked to students in a few States, including Jharkhand's cities of Ranchi and Dhanbad, and found the allegations false.


After that, CBSE released its statement of “remedial measures before evaluation” on its official website.

Earlier on March 14, CBSE 12th Board Mathematics examination was held across centres in India. Coming out of the centres, most of the examinees were seen upset over the “tough and lengthy” paper. In a few media reports, the allegations of being availability of the paper to students in advance in some cities also surfaced.


Hundreds of worried 12th level students and their parents filed their petitions on and pleaded the Board for lenient evaluation system for Mathematics paper. The petitions got support from all the sides, with the number of supporters growing to thousands in hours.


Students also marked their complaints about lengthy and tough Maths paper on the CBSE website and tagged their concerns in tweets to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.


Last year, in a similar incident of complaints, the CBSE had to review the Mathematics paper and give relaxation during evaluation of the paper.


Approximately 10.5 lakh students are appearing in CBSE 12th level Board examination this year all over the country. In 2015, the pass percentage of 12th standard appearing students was around 82%.


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First published on March 17, 2016

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Ive failed CBSE class 12th twice (2018 and 2019), Im going to write class 12th boards in the year of 2020. Will I be eligible for JEE advanced 2020 and 2021 (after I clear Mains obviously)? Also is it necessary to give the first of two Advanced exams in the year of you are passing class 12th?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 30th Sep, 2019

As per JEE mains criteria, Candidates who have passed class 12 or any other equivalent exam in 2018 or 2019 or those who will be appearing in class 12 or any other equivalent examination in 2020 will be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Those who have passed class 12 or equivalent examination in 2017 or before and those who will appear in 2021 or later will not be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Aspirants who have appeared for their class 12 in 2017, failed in 2017 but have appeared again in 2018 and passed are not eligible for JEE Main 2020.

I hope this helps.

can i apply for cbs e 12th board as private candidate . as i have passed my 12th board in 2018.

Afreen Anjum Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019


As your query is about private candidate in CBSE .. as there are many condition or eligibility for private candidates in CBSE you have not mention here if you are passed in 2018 and why want to apply for private candidate ....

so to know about the private candidate eligibility and guidelines and about the condition where can a candidate apply for private candidates go through this link where you can clear your doubts:

All the best!!


is the cbse improvement exam giving students answer sheets will be checked like regular student answer sheets (according to marking scheme ) or some hard checking is there?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 23rd Sep, 2019
Hello there!


There's no hard checking or something for cbse improvement exam student, the answer sheet checking is pretty normal like regular students answer sheet as students who appear in the improvement exam has to face the same question paper as that of regular student's question paper and teachers has to follow the same marking scheme as prescribed by the cbde whether it'sthe answer sheet of regular or improvement student.


Will i have to give practicals with theroy this year(2020) of class 12 final cbse board examination. The new pdf uploaded on cbse official website says that all candidates no matter whether they had passed or not have to give practicals Refer new private candidate pdf page 8 annexure 3 Point 4th

Ashish pal Student Expert 18th Sep, 2019

Hello Ankit.

Yes you have to give practical in your board exams of 2020 along with theory exam also.

If you are a regular scholar then no need to worry your college will arrange the things at your own college.

If you are a private student then CBSE will make a centre in your city for your practicals. You will get the information in notifications.

Ok good luck


At which place internal assessment for maths and English would be conducted for CBSE class 12th private candidates?

Ashish pal Student Expert 16th Sep, 2019

Hello dear aspirant

It is not exactly your headache actually your college will be looking into the Matter. Most probably these will be at your own college for regular students. And in case you are a private student then CBSE will make a centre for the same in your city itself.

Ok good luck

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