CISCE Reduces the Passing Marks for ICSE and ISC Examinations (2018 and onwards)

posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:09 PM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:09 PM ]

Interesting. My guess: They are slashing the cut-off for "passing" because they know that they're under the scanner and can't inflate scores from the coming year and if they leave the pass mark unchanged it'll mean that at least 40% of their students will fail in some subject or the other.

This is the power of the internet and open data. It's amazing how just a couple of us with blogs gone viral (and a total of < 100 hours of time) became the gatekeepers who get to have such a massive say in who exits class 12 and who doesn't (for a batch size of 15-18 million students). The histograms of the scores in ICSE and ISC Examinations suggested that the board was awarding as much as 15-20 marks in "grace" to bump up candidates to make them attain the pass mark.

It will be interesting to scrutinize the scores as well as pass rates of both the CBSE and the ISC board examinations in 2018.