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CBSE Attendance Rules

Attendance Rules

The expression “a regular course of study” referred to in the Exam Bye-Laws means atleast 75% of attendance in the classes held: counted from the day of commencement of teaching of classes X upto the 1st of the month preceding the month in which the examination of the Board commences.

Candidates taking up subject(s) involving practicals shall also be required to have put in at least 75% of the total attendance for practical work in the subject in the laboratory. Head of Institutions shall not allow a candidate who has offered subject(s) involving practicals to take the practical examination(s) unless the candidate fulfils the attendance requirements as given in this Rule.

(ii) The candidates who had failed in the same examination in the preceding year and who rejoins class X shall be required to put in 75% of attendance calculated on the possible attendance from the Ist of the month following the publication of the results of that examination by the Board upto the Ist of the month preceding the month in which the examination of the Board commences.

(iii) In the case of migration from other institution, attendance at the institution school recognised by the Education Department of the State/Union Territory from which the candidate migrates will be taken into account in calculating the required percentage of attendance.

Requirement of Attendance in Subjects of Internal Assessment

(i) No student from a School affiliated to the Board shall be eligible to take the examination unless he has completed 75% of attendance counted from the opening of Class X upto the Ist of the month preceding the month in which the examination commenes in the subjects of internal assessment.

(ii) Exemption from W.E./Art Education/P & HE may be granted to a candidate on medical grounds provided the application is supported by a certificate given by a Registered Medical Officer of the rank not below that of Asstt. Surgeon and forwarded by the Head of the School with his recommendations.

(iii) The Chairman shall have powers to condone shortage of attendances in subjects of internal assessment.


(i) If a candidate’s attendance falls short of the prescribed percentage, the Head of the School may submit his name to the Board provisionally. If the candidate is still short of the required perecentage of attendance within three needs of the commencement of the examination, the Head of the institution shall report the case to the regional Officer concerned immediately. If in the opinion of the Head of the institution, the candidate deserves special consideration, he may submit his recommendation to the Regional Officer concerned not later than three weeks before the commencement of the examination for condonation of shortage in attendances by the Chairman, CBSE, who may issue orders as he may deem proper. The Head of the School, in his letter requesting for condonation of shortage in attendance should given the maximum possible attendance by a student counted from the day of commencement of teaching of classes X (beginning of the session) upto the Ist of the month preceding the month in which the examination of the Board commences, attendance by the Candidate in question during the aforesaid period & the percentage of attendance by such candidate during the aforesaid period.

(ii) Shortage upto 15% only may be condoned by the Chairman. Cases of candidates with attendance below 60% in Class-X shall not be considered and Class-XII, as the case may be, shall be considered for condonation of shortage of attendance by the Chairman only in exceptional circumstances created on mediacal grounds, such as candidate suffering from serious diseases like Cancer, AIDS, T.B. or any other disease or injury requiring long period of hospitalization.

(iii) The Principal shall refer a case of shortage within the above prescribed limit of condonation to the Board, either with the recommendations or with valid reasons for not recommending the case.

(iv) The following may be considered valid reasons for recommending the case of the candidates with attendance less than the prescribed percentage :-

  • Prolonged illness.
  • loss of father/mother or some other such incident leading to his absence from the school and meriting special consideration.
  • any other reason of similar serious nature.

(v) Authorised participation in sponsored tournaments and Sports’ meet of not less than inter school level and at NCC/NSS Camps including the days of journeys for such participation shall be counted as full attendance.