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Central Board of Secondary Education

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. CBSE has asked all schools affiliated to follow only NCERT curriculum.[2] There are approximately 19,316 schools in India and 211 schools in 25 foreign countries affiliated to the CBSE.[1]

Central Board of Secondary Education
Logo of Central Board of Secondary Education
Abbreviation CBSE
Formation 3 November 1962 (55 years ago) (1962-11-03)
Type Governmental Board of Education
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Official language
Anita Karwal, IAS
Parent organisation
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Affiliations 19,316 schools (2017)[1]



The first education board to be set up in India was the Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education in 1921, which was under jurisdiction of Rajputana, Central India and Gwalior.[3] In 1929, the government of India set up a joint Board named "Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Rajputana". This included Ajmer, Merwara, Central India and Gwalior. Later it was confined to Ajmer, Bhopal and Vindhya Pradesh. In 1952, it became the "Central Board of Secondary Education".


CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools and most of the schools approved by central government of India.


CBSE conducts the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year in the month of March. The results are announced by the end of May.[4] The board earlier conducted the AIEEE Examination for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture in colleges across India. However the AIEEE exam was merged with the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) in 2013. The common examination is now called JEE(Main).

CBSE also conducts AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) for admission to major medical colleges in India. In 2014, the conduct of the National Eligibility Test for grant of junior research fellowship and eligibility for assistant professor in institutions of higher learning was outsourced to CBSE.[5] Apart from these tests, CBSE also conducts the central teachers eligibility test and the Class X optional proficiency test.[5] With the addition of NET in 2014, the CBSE has become the largest exam conducting body in the world.[5][6]

On 10 November 2017, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared a proposal for creation of a National Testing Agency (NTA) which will conduct various entrance examinations.Currently, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Exam, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (twice a year) UGC’s National Eligibility Test (twice a year) and the entrance test for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

2018 question paper leak

In March 2018, there were reports that CBSE Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics question papers were leaked.[7] In response, CBSE announced that these exams will be canceled and re-exams will be conducted.[7] However, CBSE later announced that there will be no re-exam for Class 10 mathematics paper because the paper leak may have been confined to a few alleged beneficiaries.[8]

On 7 April 2018, Rakesh Kumar (an economics teacher) and two other employees of a private school in Una, Himachal Pradesh were arrested for leaking the Class 12 economics paper.[9] According to the police, Rakesh Kumar had gone inside the strong room of a bank to pick up packets of computer science question papers but also picked up a packet of economics question paper.[9] He asked a student to make a handwritten copy of the question paper (to avoid being traced from the handwriting).[9] He then sent photos of the handwritten copy of the paper on WhatsApp to a relative in Punjab.[9] This relative shared the photos with her son and nephew, who shared them with their friends on WhatsApp groups, from where it was forwarded to other Whatsapp groups.[9]

On 12 April 2018, the police said that Rakesh Kumar, who leaked the class 12 economics paper, had leaked class 10 mathematics paper also.[10]

Consequently, the Central Board of Secondary Education has put in place a system of “encrypted” question papers, which are supposed to be printed by the schools.[11]

Regional offices

See also


  1. ^ a b "About CBSE". 
  2. ^ "Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools". 
  3. ^ "History (and the Expansion) of the Central Board of Secondary Examination". 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "CBSE Results Announcement Dates: Class 12 on May 25, Class 10 on May 27". 23 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "After UGC's failure, CBSE to conduct NET". Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "NET to be held under CBSE's watch". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "CBSE paper leak: Board announces re-exam; HRD initiates probe". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 28 March 2018. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  8. ^ Shihabudeen Kunju S (3 April 2018). "No Re-Exam For Class 10 Maths Paper: CBSE". NDTV. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Sikdar, Shubhomoy (8 April 2018). "How a Punjab housewife led Delhi cops to source of CBSE Economics paper leak". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Una teacher leaked both CBSE economics and maths question papers: Police". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 12 April 2018. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Contacts". CBSE. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 

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