After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to continue with its marks moderation policy for another year following orders from the Delhi High Court (HC), the ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has asked all the boards including state boards to disclose their moderation policy so that a uniform system of marking can be developed across the country.

In a meeting of various state boards, CBSE and ICSE, on April 24 this year, with senior officials of the HRD ministry including Secretary education, it was agreed upon that all the boards will scrap their moderation policy. However, since the decision was taken after the exams were already conducted, the Delhi High Court asked the CBSE to put the decision on hold for one year. While boards like Punjab did not follow the moderation policy and their results suffered, some others that declared results after the HC order followed moderation.

After all the chaos, the ministry has now decided that the boards make their moderation policy known to the ministry in detail and keep it in public domain. Another round of discussion will be followed on it after which a decision would be taken before the beginning of next year’s examinations.

“All boards have a consensus on doing away with marks moderation policy but how and to what extent it should be done needs to be studied further,” said a senior official with HRD ministry.

An Inter Board Working Group, consisting of eight members, which was decided on the April 24 meeting, will be formed soon to take a decision on the moderation policy of the government.

However, the state boards are yet to explain their formulae of moderation.The way CBSE has made its marks moderation policy open in public domain, the ministry wants other boards to also do that.


  • During the April 24 meeting, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mozoram, Manipur and Tripura board informed that they do not have a moderation policy.
  • While Uttarakhand, Goa, Chhatisgarh and Tamil Nadu board informed that they use moderation at lower end to improve pass percentages.
  • Kerala informed that they have marks moderation policy for only Class XI and XII but they would first consult the state government as they award marks for cultural and co-curricular activities also