CBSE Improvement Exam

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Every year lacs of students appear for the 10th and 12th board exams conducted by the CBSE or the Central Board Of Secondary Examination. These students have dreams of a wonderful career ahead of them. Those appearing in the 10th standard board exams are keen to score the requisite marks necessary to get admitted into the stream of their choice in 10+1. On the other hand the students appearing for the 12th standard board exams are striving to score good marks and secure admissions in good colleges of their choice.

Sometimes this dream scenario does not work out as expected. In spite of putting in their best efforts, for some unexpected reason the marks obtained are below par. A student who expects to score 90% might end up with 85% and this has a jarring effect on the student’s choices of career options. The shortfall of a few marks might stunt the career of a brilliant student. He/she might lose out in the race for admission to that coveted college where the student has always dreamt of studying. If this happens in the 10th standard board exam then a student may not be able to get admission to the appropriate stream in 10+1.

It is just in order to compensate for such unfortunate cases, the CBSE has made the provision for students to appear in the CBSE Improvement exam. I am writing this article as a comprehensive and exhaustive guide to the improvement exam.

Basic Facts about CBSE Improvement Exam:

  • The CBSE improvement exam is for students who have passed the board exam in the concerned subject and are keen on improving their score. Please note that students who have failed the subject in the board exams are not eligible to write the improvement exam.
  • The CBSE improvement exam can be taken in one or more subjects.
  • The improvement examination is usually conducted the following year.
  • Students who have appeared in the previous two years board exams can appear in the improvement exam. For example candidates who have cleared the board exam in 12th board in 2017 or 2018 can appear for the 12th CBSE improvement exam conducted in 2019.
  • The candidate must have passed his/her 10th/12th examination through CBSE.

Additional Subject

I am including this item here in order to avoid confusion between an additional subject and an improvement exam. Candidates appearing for the 10th and 12th board exams can also appear for examination in additional subjects within a period of 6 years of appearing for the board exam. This is different from the improvement exam for which a candidate appears in order to improve his marks.

Change of Exam Center

A candidate appearing for the Improvement of Performance Examination for the Senior/Secondary examination conducted by the CBSE has to appear from a Centre in the same Region from where he/she had appeared at the main examination. However, in case of transfer of the parent from one place to another, a change of centre is allowed subject to fulfilment of the following conditions:

  • The parent produces valid documentary evidence of his/her transfer from one place to another;
  • Request for change of Examination centre is received one week before the date of commencement of the examination of the year; and
  • Change of Examination centre is considered only subject to availability of question papers at the requested place of centre.

Exam Fee Structure

No. of Subjects Fee
Five Subjects Under All-India Scheme Rs. 600
Five Subjects Under Delhi Scheme Rs, 400
Additional Six Subjects Under All-India Scheme Rs. 250
Additional Six Subjects Under Delhi Scheme Rs. 150
Practical Exam Under All-India Scheme Rs. 40
Practical Exam Under Delhi Scheme Rs. 25
Two Subjects Under All-India Scheme Rs. 550
Two Subjects Under Delhi Scheme Rs. 320
Three or More Subjects Under All-India Scheme Rs. 600
Three or More Subjects Under Delhi Scheme Rs. 400
Overseas Candidate For Five Subjects Rs. 4000
Additional Sixth Subject For Foreign Candidates Rs. 1000
Practical Exam For A Foreign Candidate Rs. 125
Two Subjects For Foreign Candidates Rs. 2000
Three or More Subjects For Foreign Candidates Rs. 3000

CBSE Improvement Exam Result

The CBSE improvement exam results will be released alongside the regular board exam result on a notified date by the CBSE. The marks obtained by the student in the improvement shall be considered the final mark and a new mark sheet listing the improvement exam marks will be released.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1. How many times can a candidate appear in the improvement exam?

A1. A candidate can appear only once in the improvement exam per subject.

Q2. Can a candidate appear for the improvement exam as well as additional subject examination?

A2. As per the rules a candidate can appear for the improvement exam in one or more subjects. But he/she cannot appear for an additional subject examination as well as improvement at the same time.

Q3. Do candidates have to appear in all the subjects when attempting improvement?

A3. A student can appear for one or more exams while attempting improvement. There is no rule making it mandatory for the student to appear in all subjects.

Q4. Is it compulsory to appear in both theory and practicals when a candidate appears for the improvement exam?

A4. If a candidate has passed the practical exam but has failed the theory exam then he/she can appear for the theory exam alone in the improvement. The marks in the practical exam will be carried forward. On the other hand if a candidate has failed the practical exam then he/she has to appear for both the theory as well as practical exam.


  • Improvement Exam can be taken in one or more subjects in the succeeding year only after passing the subject in Class XII.
  •  The examination would take place in March and the result will be declared in May.
  • A candidate cannot appear for improvement examination in the subjects which he/she failed to pass.
  • The fees per subject to be submitted is Rs.200 (may change).
  • The Application Forms will be released in August till October and can be collected from regional offices or syndicate bank branches.
  • Candidates will be issued only Statement of Marks reflecting the marks of the improvement examination.


The application forms for Improvement examination will be available from July onward. Each form will cost Rs.10. The forms can be collected from Syndicate Bank branches throughout Delhi and Regional Offices of CBSE for other regions.

Result Date

The results will be announced in the month of May at

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a candidate simultaneously appear for Improvement as well as Additional subject examination?

Ans.: No, a candidate appearing for Improvement in one or more subjects cannot appear for additional subject examination simultaneously.

How many times can a candidate appear for Improvement examination?

Ans.: For improvement examination only one chance in the succeeding year is permitted.

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 XII exams.

I wish to improve my performance in Chemistry and Maths in class XII. Is it possible and how?

Ans.: A candidate who has passed Class XII examination of the Board may re­appear 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.

“Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent”

Admit Card

The CBSE will make available the admit card for students who have successfully completed the application process for the improvement exam at an appropriate date. Please visit the CBSE site and download the admit card.  The board will issue a con... read more

Application Form

The application form will be available in September/October of every year in the CBSE website. The application fee is usually Rs 200. This may vary. General procedure for applying online for the improvement exam Visit the official website of CBSE... read more


Students who appear for improvement of performance will be issued only Statement of Marks reflecting the marks of the improvement examination. The consolidated mark sheet will not be issued to candidates whose result is already Pass and are now appea... read more


Following are the terms and conditions for Improvement Exam conducted by CBSE: Eligibility A candidate who has passed an examination of the CBSE can reappear for improvement of performance in one or more subjects in the succeeding year only; howeve... read more

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Avatar Higher period for improvement examination of CBSE board 2019 handscomb numbers I want to confirm whether in my final marksheet whether best of two will be considered are there will not be any change in Final mark statement
Avatar which marks are add on mark sheet if he/she get less marks in improvement exam as compare to main exam
Avatar I failed in the compartment exam for maths can i write improvement for the other subjects which i had already passed
Avatar i was appeared cbse examination of class 12 but I had failed in one subject i.e in mathematics and dut to that incident I want to appear board examination in2020 this is possible or not? please suggest for me so that I can achive our goal and make our future better that's all .
Avatar as the forms are released today am really confuse regarding will happen again or not.
Avatar I have PCB in 12th and i have clear the board exam in 2017, but now i want math as an additional subject. Can i get it or not. Why?

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September 19th, 2019 - Thursday

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