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 (339 Comments)
  1. jay prakash kumar

    I m pass in 12th bord exam but fail in maths. I want to re exam it is possible or not if yes then wahat is procedure .give way

    • kk

      you should give compartment test for it

  2. Payal

    If the marks after giving the improvement exam is bad then which of them would be considered-the one before the exam or after????? PLEASE REPLY SOON……….

    • Akshay

      If the marks of improvement exams are bad then the marks of the previous year exam will be considered.

  3. Bhavya

    I passed my 12th bt failed in maths i opt for non med i have painting as an additional subject so result is declared passed nd maths is taken as an additional subject what to do now..?? I m not getting support from scl also plzz tell

    • anukreeti

      Name all ur subjects with their respective percentages if possible we’ll help you girl:)

  4. harshit

    i have passed in all subjects but my percentage in pcm is not that good . We are shifting and going to gwalior so could i give improvment exams in gwalior . My cbse regional area is ajmer.

  5. Aditya kumar

    Sir.. I have qualified an engineering examinatioj and have 73% in boards ..but only 56 in maths…so can I apply fr improvement in maths while taking admissions in college. .?…and will boards marks influence my opportunities when there is campus selection. .?

  6. pratibha

    I want to give chem improvement exam next year. But can i get my transfer certificate from my school now?

  7. priyanca

    I have got 74% in boards..but have got 50 marks in maths…I want to improve my marks in maths…..can u plzzz tell me the procedure of improvement exam..!!!…n from where I will get the form of dis???….
    Plzzzz reply me back…

  8. Sarvesh Kumar

    Dear sir,
    I’ve given my class 12 board from the city of Kota, Rajasthan.Is it possible to give the improvement exam 2015 from my home town Varanasi?


    sir I passed my 12 class by 62.2% but m failed in economics ..I already get admission in
    commerce stream for higher studies but have to restest for economics. should I give improvments test or should I give compartment test I cant understand I live in himachal prdesh pls give me suggestion

  10. kshitij

    i have passed my +2 in 2010 can i fill the improvement in the physics maths in 2015

  11. rahul

    i was pass in 12 board exams in 2013 but appeared for improvement for phy,chem and maths in 2014 .i also improved in maths and chem fut this time failed in phy theory paper . will i be considered as fail now ?. i have taken admission in professional college. should i continue with my old marksheet or ……..

  12. Abhishek

    If a student appears in improvement and scores less marks than before .Than ,in result (marks sheet) his previous marks will be recorded or now marks which he score in improvement test…………..please help.

    • subi

      Ur best of the two would be considered

  13. subi

    Can i apply for cbse improvement exam if i failed in maths but overall pass. So can i go for improvement exam next year without giving compartment exam of maths?

  14. Supriya Srivastav

    if..i fill improvement…… so which year result would i get….the year which i had passed or the next year i.e.,the year in which i’m giving improvement exam

  15. ritu

    sir ,i hav passed 12th board exam in 2008 , i want to improve my % . Can i sit for improvement paper ?

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