CBSE introduces 2 levels of Mathematics for class 10th Board exams from 2020

PUBLISH DATE 11th January 2019

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to introduce two levels of Mathematics for students of Class X for different needs for the academic year 2019-20.

The National Focus Group on Examination Reforms, to reduce overall student stress levels, has introduced the 2 levels of Mathematics. It is well known that students experience greatest stress before and during their most 'difficult' subject exam. Keeping in view of this important aspect and as evidenced by the Board results, the Board has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the Board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards.

Candidates should note that there will not be two levels of Assessment/Examination for class IX.

According to the notice the first level would be the same as the existing one, and the other would be an easier level.

The first level or the exiting level of examination would be known as Mathematics-Standard while the second level or the easier level of examination would be called Mathematics-Basic.

A student can choose between the two levels of Examination at the time of submission of List of Candidates (LoC) by the affiliated school to the Board online, which is usually done in the months of October and November.

This Mathematics-Basic is being introduced for the students who do not wish to study Mathematics at Sr. Secondary or the higher level.

However, the syllabus, class room teaching and internal assessment for both the levels of examination would remain the same. The students will have an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and can decide upon the level of Board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities.

In case student fails at the annual examination, he/she will have the option to change the subject at the compartment examination as per norms of the Board according to the options given below.

In case of failure in

Compartment options




Mathematics Standard or Mathematics- Basic


Also, if a students, who have opted Mathematics-Basic and cleared the exam, he/she can opt for the Mathematics-Standard exam at the time of Compartment exams to improve his level of mathematics. After clearing the Mathematics-Standard at Compartment exam, he/she will be eligible to opt for Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level or at higher level.

Official CBSE Notice

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