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CBSE Additional Subject

A candidate who has passed the Senior School Certificate Examination of the Board may offer an additional subject as a private candidate provided the additional subject is provided in the Scheme of Studies and is offered within six years of passing the examination of the Board. No exemption from time limit will be given after six years. Facility to appear in additional subject will be available at the annual examination only.

However, candidates appearing in six subjects at the Senior School Certificate Examination having been declared ‘Pass’ by virtue of securing pass marks in five subjects as per Rule 40.1(iv) may appear in the failing subject at the Compartment Examination to be held in July the same year.

In respect of a candidate offering an additional subject, the following norms shall be applied:

  • A language offered as an additional subject may replace a language in the event of a candidate failing in the same provided after replacement the candidate has English/Hindi as one of the languages.
  • An elective subject offered as an additional subject may replace one of the elective subjects offered by the candidate. It may also replace a language provided after replacement the candidate has English/Hindi as one of the languages.
  • Additional language offered at elective level may replace an elective subject provided after replacement, the number of languages offered shall not exceed two.

A candidate appearing for Improvement of Performance in one or more subjects can not appear for additional subject simultaneously.