Unfair Tampering of Student Marks by CBSE and ISC

By: Admin 23 May, 2017

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been unequally ‘moderating’ their Class 12 Board exam marks for years now. Because of their flawed system of increasing marks unequally of students. The ‘moderation’ varied from subject to subject and from one student to the next.


After a reporter’s investigation in June 2016 proved and exposed the unfair system, the Boards were forced to investigate. They consulted with the HRD Ministry, and finally the decision came in April 2017 that, moderation or ‘spiking’ of marks has been scrapped.


But how did this cheating of marks happen?


CBSE 12th Board marks from 2006 to 2016 were put under scrutiny. Many data scientists have independently analysed the marks that were awarded to students across the country. What came forward was discrepancies that something was very wrong with the way CBSE was marking its exams.


The Spike at 33:


The passing marks for a student in CBSE examinations is 33. The spike of marks at the 33 point is a result of the Boards policy of aiding students who are failing by a few marks. So those whose score is 30, 31 or 32 are given 33 marks so that they pass.



The huge Spike at 95:


When the graph showed a huge number of students getting 95 marks in almost all core subjects. The Board has shown favoritism towards the number 95 which is unfair. Former exam controller with the CBSE, Pavnesh Kumar, had this to say when confronted about it on a tv news channel.


“Those in the know can tell you that this is because the limit for a moderated score has been fixed by the board as 95. Those who have 80, if you give them 15 moderation marks, they will get 95. Anybody with 85, give them 10 moderation marks, they go to 95. But a moderated score cannot go beyond 95.”


How does it affect you?


Consider students A and B. Let us assume they have exams in two subjects which will determine their college admissions.

In subject 1, student A scores 95 and B gets 85. But B’s 85 is moderated to 95 while A’s mark stays at 95.

In subject 2, A scores 95 and B scores 96.

A now has 95 and 95. B now has 95 and 96. Thanks to ‘moderation’ A loses a college seat to B. Without moderation A was 9 marks ahead of B.


It was only after the CBSE and ISC were comprehensively exposed through irrefutable data analysis that the boards chose to address this practice of unfair moderation. But why did boards indulge in such large-scale fudging of marks in the first place?


The Facts and Examples in this article have been taken from an article on The Quint. To know more click here.