CBSE announces new skill subjects. Marks of these subjects can be considered in Best of 5 from next session - CBSE INFO

Sunday 15 January 2023

CBSE announces new skill subjects. Marks of these subjects can be considered in Best of 5 from next session

 The Central Bureau of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced introduction of new skill subjects for classes 9th and 11th. The board announced that the interested students of these two classes can register for the newly introduced subjects through the CBSE registration portal. The CBSE said the new initiatives has been introduced as part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 guidelines.

The Board also announced, as per the new policy, the class 10 students can consider the marks of any of the newly-introduced skills subjects in their - Best of 5, if they are not satisfied with marks in any other subjects. The new guidelines will come into effect from the the next academic session in 2023-24.

CBSE in its circular stated, “The Scheme of Studies for the students opting for skill subjects in classes IX-X has been amended as follows: If a student studies three compulsory subjects (i.e., Science, Mathematics and Social Science) and also chooses to study a Skill subject (offered as sixth optional subject), then the aggregate of best five including two languages (Subject 1 & 2) and the best three (from subject 3, 4, 5 & 6, including Skill subject) can be considered for calculation of percentage”.

Children with Special Needs (CWSN) may opt for one language and any four subjects including the skill subject. Further, if any student fails in any one of the three elective subjects (Science, Mathematics and Social Science), then it will be replaced by the skill subject (offered as a 6th additional subject).

Currently, over 27 lakh students of Class 9 and Class 12 are studying skill subjects across the country in the CBSE affiliated schools. CBSE offers 22 skill subjects in Class 9 and Class 10 and 43 skill subjects in Class 11 and Class 12.

The schools and students can also opt for one or more of these skill modules. These skill modules will also be available in online self-learning mode and students can take up the classes in online mode as well. However, the assessment will be school-based and will preferably be project based. These modules can be offered through the respective hobby clubs (if any). The schools and students are free to opt for any skill modules either at Class 6, Class 7 or Class 8.

For more information, please visit the ‘Skill Education’ webpage of the CBSE Academic website -, the CBSE circular said.

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