Bonus marks no more applicable in merit list

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In a major decision, Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) has decided to not consider the bonus marks while deciding merit lists of High School and Higher Secondary School certificate examinations to avoid any kind of controversies. “The students studying hard should not be deprived of a position in the top-10 list as he or she is not done well in the other activities. If a student academically deserves to be in the merit list then he or she will be included in the list,” said School Education Department Principal Secretary and CGBSE Chairman Dr Alok Shukla on Monday. 

Earlier, CGBSE secretary Professor V K Goyal said that the General Meeting of the board was held on February 2. It was decided that a student excelling in other activities such as NSS, Scouts and Guides, and sports at state, national and international level deserves bonus mark, but these marks cannot be added while deciding the Merit List. The decision will come into effect from the academic calendar 2020-21.

Meanwhile, Dr Shukla said that the students will keep getting bonus marks as before. “That we have not changed. However, merit list cannot be decided on the basis of bonus marks as it will be injustice to those studying hard,” said Dr Shukla. It is worthwhile to mention, a student excelling in sports/NSS/Scouts and Guides at state level deserves to get 10 bonus marks followed by he or she deserved 15 bonus marks for national level achievements and 20 bonus marks for excelling in international events.

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