The governing body of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the highest-decision making body of the board, approved the restoration of the Class X board examinations on Tuesday , paving the way for the return of the public exam after seven years.

The first board exam will be resumed in March 2018. It has been decided that the weightage division will be 80% to the board-based exam and 20% to internal assessment.

Since 2011, after the introduction of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) in 2009, the CBSE made the Class X board exam optional, which meant students studying in senior secondary schools had the option to sit for the school-based exams.

The board conducted a survey among various stakeholders and the majority were in favour of the Class X board exams. Thereafter, the HRD ministry announced the rollback of the optional scheme of the present Class X exam system.

“It was a unanimous decision of the members of the governing board. The matter was discussed threadbare and in principle it was decided to restore the exams scheme of the pre-CCE period. A circular to the effect on details about the examination, which will commence from 2018, will be shared with schools soon.

It will be 80% weightage to the board-based exam and 20% to internal assessment,“ said R K Chaturvedi, CBSE chairperson. “Members welcomed the decision,“ said Jyoti Arora, member of the GB, CBSE and principal of Mount Abu Public School.

The current batch of Class X students will continue to follow the existing format where both school-based and board based options will be open.