Most Important things you should know about CBSE Improvement Exam

Q.1: What is the eligibility criteria for a student to appear as a private candidate in Board
Ans. The Board prescribes following conditions under which a candidate can appear privately: -

  1. Failed candidates
  2. Teachers serving in educational institutions
  3. Women candidates who are bonafide residents of NCT of Delhi and
  4. Physically handicapped students
Q.2: Is it possible for a student who has failed in Science stream in Class XII to change subjects
to pass at subsequent examination?
Ans. Yes, but with prior permission of the Board.

Q.3: I appeared in the compartment examination in July-August, but failed again, do I now have
to re-appear in all subjects again?
Ans. The Board gives three chances to clear the compartment examination. The first
examination is held in July-August followed by second chance in March-April and the third
chance in July-August. Unsuccessful candidates after these three attempts are required to appear
afresh in all subjects there on.

Q.4: I wish to improve my performance in Chemistry and Maths. Is it possible and how?
Ans. A candidate who has passed Class X or XII examination of the Board may re-appear for
improvement of performance in one or more subjects in the main examination in the succeeding
year only. The candidate may appear privately; those re-appearing for whole examination can
also appear as regular candidate if admitted by the school.

  • For subjects involving practical work, if the candidate has passed the practical examination, he or she will be allowed to appear only in theory part.
  • Only a statement of marks is issued by the Board after the improvement of performance.

Q.5: Is it compulsory to pass in theory and practical exams. Separately?
Ans.: Yes, it is compulsory to pass separately in the subjects involving theory and practical in
Class XII.

Q.6: Is a student required to appear in all subjects in improvement examination?
Ans.: No, the student can appear in one or more than one subject(s) as per his/her choice.
However, improvement exam. can be taken only in the successive year of passing Class X/XII

Q.7: Is the candidate allowed to see the answer script in case the result is not as per the

Ans.: No. There is no provision of showing answer scripts. The candidate can apply for
scrutiny, for reconfirmation of marks.

Q.8 If a candidate passes in the additional subject but fails in one of the main subjects, what will
the result show?

Ans.: The candidate will be considered as having passed the examination in such a case. A
language will replace a language only. For further details the scheme of examinations can be
referred to.

Q. 9: What is the procedure followed in marking the answers?
Ans.: Each answer is divided into steps and marks are given in accordance to the weightage
assigned for these steps. It is advised that a copy of Marking Scheme be procured to get a clear

Q.10: The result of Patrachar candidates is always very poor, is the evaluation of
private/patrachar candidates different from that of regular candidates?

Ans.: There is no difference in the evaluation procedures. However, it depends entirely on the level of preparation and performance of individual candidates irrespective of their status.

Q. 11: Can a candidate simultaneously appear for Improvement as well as Additional subject
Ans.: No, a candidate appearing for Improvement in one or more subjects cannot appear for
additional subject examination simultaneously.

Q. 12: How many times can a candidate appear for Improvement or additional subject
Ans.: For improvement examination only one chance in the succeeding year is permitted, and for
the additional subject, the candidate may appear within 6 years of passing the Main examination.

Q. 13: What is the procedure to apply for Improvement or Additional Examination?
Ans.: The admission forms for improvement or additional examination are available in the month
of August every year. The examination is held along with the main examination in the month of
March/April in the following year. Outstation candidates can contact their respective regional
offices for the same.

Q. 14: Is a consolidated or combined Marks Statement issued after improvement or additional

  1. After improvement a consolidated marks statement reflecting the marks of main examination and improvement examination is issued.
  2. But for additional subject examination, marks statement in the concerned subject only is issued.
  3. In case of compartment examination a fresh marks statement is issued if the student passes that subject.

Q. 15: What is the pass criteria for Class X and XII?
Ans.: A candidate has to pass in all five subjects to be declared Pass. However, for class X a
candidate is placed in compartment up to two unqualified subjects and if he fails in one subject
in Class XII the candidate is placed in compartment.

Q. 16: Can one appear for improvement exam along with the compartment. Exam conducted by the
Board in the month of July/August?
Ans.: No, a candidate can appear for improvement exam only in the very next year of passing the
main exam in March.

Latest Comments
  1. vishakha

    I have applied for improvement in all my subjrcts. What if i dont appear in one of them will the nee marksheet contain zero in that subject or will i be able to consider my original marks in that subject and if i fsil in improvement will my previously issued
    marksheet remain valid

  2. Archita

    What is the procedure of getting admit cards?
    I have filled the form for improvement exam but I don’t know how will I get my admit card?
    Is it coming via post or if I have to collect it from the exam center then how will I know where is my exam center?
    Also could you tell me the last date for receiving the admit cards?

  3. aditya

    sir,whre do i get my admit card for improvement exam 2014 for class 12th???????

  4. karan pande

    sir i wnat to know that i have filled improvement exam in five subject but want to appear for only four for best fout in du ?? can i take this step further


    sir if i fail in improvement then my previous year report card will be valid or not

  6. piyush

    I have done my 12th in 2009, and appeared for Improvement in sub PHY,CHEM,MATH& PHYSICAL.
    number in PHYSICS,MATH& PHYSICAL were improved but I got back in CHEM, so my confusion is that for Chem which Number is valid… because i use both mark sheet by taking Improved nmber of rest subjects and chem previous nmbr… is it valid or not….. is there is any procedure of combining both mark sheet.

  7. souvik debnath

    I have done my 12th in 2009, and have FT in CHEMISTRY. I have not appeared for any improvemental exams till now. What are my options to pass in CHEMISTRY theory paper

    • ajoy

      I have done my CLS 12th exam in 2013 and have fail in physics theory. I have not appeared for any improvement exam in last year. So I can appears in coming improvement exam.

  8. anurag

    i am going to give improvement exam in 2014 in only one subject.. for that exam i have issued a new roll no. now my question is can i give any competition exam by filling my old roll no. and with my old mark sheet which i got in 2013

  9. ashutosh

    sir iam giving class 12 exams now but iam sure i will fail in physics.but i can pass in other 5 subjects.. So is there any chance of passing 12 this year without giving improvement exam

    • Rehan Kashyap

      Ofcrse buddy.. If u pass in 5 out of the 6 subjects., u would b considered “Pass”.. But if u fail in more than 1 subject, u will b needing to appear for the compartzz..

  10. ajay

    sir,this year i gave re-compartmental exam and i want to know that if i am failing with 5 marks then is there any rule to give 5 marks to the candidate

  11. prachi

    Sir..i m vry scared..coz i don know how to do maths..n xam s vry close..if i ll not pass then surely i ll suicide
    .my parents want me to pass in ol subjects..n dere s no other option except suicide ..wat to do i don know

  12. Anand

    Sir, I have a VERY, VERY, VERY important query. Kindly answer soon….please….

    I am currently giving my CBSE Improvement Exams in 2014. I passed class XII last year,
    with an aggregate of 72% marks. This year too, due to sudden changes in syllabus of
    certain subjects, coupled with my too much dedication towards entrance exams, I am
    sure that my aggregate marks of this year too, will lie between 75% to 80%. I may
    somehow compensate for these low marks, by doing well in the entrance exams of
    JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. But still, my employer or campus recruiter WILL fall back
    on my board marks, even after clearing college. Thus, my humble request to you sir,
    is to kindly confirm and tell me, whether or not I am ELIGIBLE to give the CBSE
    compartment exams during the month of July/August. Please sir, I just need ONE FINAL
    CHANCE to get A1 in all subjects, with an aggregate of 92% plus marks. It doesn’t matter
    if college starts by that time. I JUST need to clear only 4 subjects (Eng, Phy, Chem and
    Maths), with more than 92% plus marks, thereby getting A1 in all subjects. Moreover, I
    have also heard that the CBSE Board issues a FRESH mark-sheet and certificate for those candidates that clear the compartment exams. Please sir, if possible, kindly tell me

    Thank you, and waiting eagerly for your reply…………

    • Admin

      I am sorry to tell you that there are no compartment exams for CBSE Improvement Exam.

  13. Raju Roy

    if a commerce student without additional subject gets compartments in maths than can he gets admission in any good colleges… is urgent reply as soon as possible please…!!!

    • Admin

      It depends on the eligibility requirements of the university, please check them in your brochure.

  14. chirag

    I have already appeared for improvement exam in year 2013 but I want to give it again, so is it possible for me to give it again??
    plz do reply sir.
    I’ll b waiting egarly for your reply sir.
    thank you.

    • Admin

      No, you can’t. But you can try to appear for NIOS if you want

  15. shubham

    i gave my cbse exam 2014 this year.. as im pretty sure dat i wont get enough marks in 2 subjects namely physics nd maths, so i think of appearing for the improvement exams next year..
    my main area of query is that if someone gives an improvement xam, is the highest of the two(main or improvemeny
    t) is taken? nd also dat whether cbse issues fresh marksheet for the exam undergone and will it display the year of exam as 2014 or 2015(in my case)??
    plzz sir need ur reply ..thanking u fr d sme..

  16. HariNiranjan

    Sir I am a student who just completed my final year at school in the year 2014.. I have attempted 4 out of 5 of my board papers… I didn’t write my chemistry paper because of hyper tension(mainly exam stress which got the better of me) the night before… I know I did the wrong thing…I mean I atleast should have attempted it considering the effort put in …but I didnt.. I want to know what happens now.. will I be elligible to write the compartment exam this year itself…
    Personally I am preferring to write all my subjects once agian next year so will that be considerd an improvement exam and I would like to know wether i am elligible for that without passing my compartment exam..
    Thank you
    This is my email address

  17. mba-aspiree

    I gave my 12 exams in 2009. Can i give the improvement exam in 2015?

  18. confused

    sir, kindly reply soon….please..its urgent

    i am gvng my 12 boards n 1 subject still remains. i am sure i will fail in economics n political science. i wanted to know, when will the marksheets for compartment exams be available in 2014? can i take admission this year itself? if i don’t fail in political science bt just pass by 33% can i give compartment along with economics? please rply as soon as possible.

  19. jugal

    I have passed 12 board from kota now i want to appear for improvemant from raigarh chhattisgarh shall i am able to change my school

  20. mary

    Sir i passed class 12 in 2013 n this year i gave my improvement exam..Is it necessary to submit the previous marksheet of class 12 in the examination centre where i am appearing ma improvement exam. M really confused .pls reply


    i have passed 12th board exam. i want to know that how the results of improvement exam be considered by the jee institutions. kindly help me.

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