CBSE Class 10th Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme 2018 for All Subjects

CBSE Class 10th Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme
Class 10th board is one of the biggest exams in your life or you can also say, it is one of the milestones of your academic journey.


Are you are going to appear in Class 10 CBSE Board Exam this year?


Wondering if it is possible to score great marks in your boards.


Eduncle says “YES”, it is possible. It is not an easy task, but it can be done by hard work and patience.


Below in this blog, we have provided CBSE Marks Pattern for Class 10th and Marking Scheme.



CBSE Notifications: Know What’s in the Trend!


26th September 2018: CBSE is likely to offer an option for the students to choose the level of question paper. From now a student may choose whether to answer a standard level or the existing-level question paper. This change has only been made for the CBSE Class 10th Mathematics paper. Since CBSE has not updated it on their website we too are not sure about this update.




CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10th 2018 – All Subjects



CBSE has released the Class 10th Paper Pattern for the academic session of 2018-2019.


In this article, you will get the complete Marking Scheme of CBSE Class 10th.



CBSE Marking Scheme for Class 10th 2018

Science View Details Marking Scheme PDF
Social Science View Details Marking Scheme PDF
Maths View Details Marking Scheme PDF
Hindi A View Details Marking Scheme PDF
Hindi B Marking Scheme PDF
English Communicative View Details Marking Scheme PDF
English (Language & Literature) Marking Scheme PDF
Health and Physical Education View Details Marking Scheme PDF
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) View Details Marking Scheme PDF
Foundation of IT (FIT) View Details Marking Scheme PDF



Suggested Reading -


CBSE Class 10th Syllabus


CBSE Books for Class 10th




CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10th 2018 –  Detailed Analysis



After reintroducing the Board Exams in Class 10th, the exam conducting board has also brought CBSE New Pattern for Class 10th and changes in the internal assessment (IA). As per the new pattern, the term systems and CCE have been replaced by the single annual exam by CBSE itself.


The class 10th is consists of total 100 marks which is subdivided as:


Annual Board Exam: 80 Marks


Internal Assessment: 20 Marks


Annual Exam – 


As per the updated CBSE Class 10 Mark System, maximum marks are 80 for each subject.


 Students need to secure 33% which is the passing marks in CBSE class 10 out of 80 in each



 Individual grades and marks will be awarded for each subject.


 Total Time Duration – 3 Hours



CBSE Class 10th Marks System – Internal Assessment (IA)


 Periodic Tests (PT) – 10 marks each


 Notebook Submission – 5 marks


 Subject Activities – 5 marks



Note – 3 Periodic tests will be conducted in entire academic session and the average of the best two marks will be considered for the final weightage.




Health & Physical Education: Extra Marks for Outdoor Games


Central Board of Secondary Education has asked all of its affiliated schools to reserve one hour for physical activity and outdoor games. CBSE has decided to allot marks for outdoor games & activities to every student as well.


This one hour will be called Health Education and Physical & will come into effect in 2018 – 2019 academic session. It is compulsory for all the students to participate in this HPE Class.


 In this, students will receive a booklet of 150 pages.


 From the booklet, a student will have to choose one exercise which they will have to do on regular basis.


 As per the performance in HPE, students will get the marks from the respective school teacher and the same marks will be uploaded on the official website of CBSE.




CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10th 2018 Science Subject



Class 10 Science Subject includes the basic concepts in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.


There are total 27 Questions divided into two Sections A and B.


The new exam pattern for CBSE Board Class 10th is given in the following table –



Section Questions Marks/Questions
A 1-2 1
3-5 2
6-15 3
16-21 5
B 22-27 2



 There will be practical based questions comprising weightage of 12 marks.


 In CBSE New Pattern for Class 10th, there will be no MCQ’s, unlike the last year’s exam pattern in which Section – B consisted of mostly practical based MCQ’s.


 Internal choices will be provided in the 3 Mark Question of Section – A & 2 marks question in Section – B.


 The official website released CBSE Class 10th Date Sheet and according to it, the Science Paper will be on 16th March 2018.


 Students must follow the word limit while answering the questions in the paper.


1 marks question must be answered in one sentence.


 2 marks questions – about 30 words.


 3 marks questions – about 50 words.


 5 marks questions – about 70 words.



Marking Scheme of CBSE Class 10th Social Science



Social Science is considered one of the most scoring subjects in Class 10th. As per the CBSE Marks Pattern for Class 10th, the board covers entire syllabus of Geography, History, Civics, and Economics in Social Science.


The paper will carry 27 questions.


 All the questions are compulsory.


 Some of the questions might have internal choices.


The Marking Scheme of CBSE Class 10th in Social Science is given in the below table.



Questions Type No. of Questions Marks/question
Very Short Answer Type Questions 1-7 1
Short Answer Type Questions 8-18 3
Long Answer Type Questions 19-25 5
Map Questions for History 26-27 1
Map Questions for Geography 28 3


Word Limit –


3 marks questions – about 80 words.


 5 marks questions – about 100 words.


For Map-Based Question -


 One outline political map of India will be provided.


 After the completion of the answer, attach the map inside the answer sheet.




CBSE Class 10 Maths Paper Pattern 2018-19



The exam pattern for CBSE Class 10th Board Exam consists of 4 sections, viz. A, B, C and D.


 Class 10 Maths Exam carries 80 marks for 30 questions.


 The Mathematics Paper is scheduled on 28th March 2018.


Section No. of Questions Marks/Question
A (Very Short Answer) 6 1
B (Short Answer Type – 1) 6 2
C (Short Answer Type – 2) 10 3
D (Long Answer Type) 8 4


 Separate marks will be provided for every step. So, candidates are advised to provide a stepwise solution to each question.


 Also, remember to write the conclusion at the end of every question as it carries half to one marks depending upon the marking of that question.



Note -


Internal Choice in sections where candidates have to attempt only one question.


4 questions of 3 marks, in section C.


 3 questions of 4 marks, in section D.




CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10th 2018 English



English is one of the easiest subjects in CBSE Class 10th. CBSE Class 10th Marking Scheme for English Communicative is given below as per CBSE guidelines.


Let’s look at the Paper Pattern of CBSE Class 10th.



Section No. of Questions Total Marks
Section A: Reading 1-2 20
Section B: Writing & Grammar 3-7 30
Section C: Literature 8-11 30


Let’s talk -


How to ace this subject in the board exam?


 How marks and questions are distributed in the paper?


Section A:


 This includes reading comprehension, wherein two unseen passages of 700 – 750 are given.


 The passage can be factual, literary, or discursive to test comprehension skills.


Section B:


 This is the section the writing skills are examined.


 Letter writing, Notice writing, Poster making, Article writing etc. are asked in this section.


 This section also meant to test your skills in grammar like tenses, modals etc.


Section C:


 This section is based on literature and poems from the book “First Flight”.


 Questions are asked from the Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text.




CBSE Paper Pattern for Class 10 Hindi 2018-19



Hindi Syllabus is divided into three parts. One part gives you the knowledge about the grammar, the second part is for writing, and the other is about questions from the book.


There will be a total of 14 questions divided into four parts: क, ख, ग and घ.


Find the CBSE Class 10th Marks System in the below table.


खंड प्रश्न अंक
खंड क - अपठित अंश 1-2 15
खंड ख - व्यवहारिक व्याकरण 3-6 15
खंड ग –  पाठ्य पुस्तक एवं पूरक पाठ्य पुस्तक 7-11 30
खंड घ - लेखन 12-14 20




CBSE Marking Scheme for Class 10th 2018 for Information and Communication Technology



The method of obtaining the information through the technology is known as information technology. This subject improves the computer literacy of the students. Here is the updated CBSE Paper Pattern of Class X.



S. No. Unit Name Marks in Theory Marks in Practical
1. Computer Components and Interconnection 5 -
2. Advance GIMP 10 20
3. Advanced HTML 20 40
4. Network Security 5 -
Total 40 60



Time Duration of Theory Exam: 2:30 hours

 Time Duration of Practical Exam: 4 hours.


Design of Practical Paper Pattern –


 Hands on Experience – 30 Marks


 IT Application Report File – 15 Marks


 Project Work – 10 Marks


 Viva Voice – 5 Marks




CBSE Class 10 Exam Pattern for Foundation of IT



This Subject “Foundation of Information Technology” gives student advanced knowledge about Internet, Computers and its Applications after studying its basics in Class 9th.


After studying Foundation of IT in Class 9th, the advanced knowledge about Internet, Computers and its applications is given in Class X.


Here is the Updated Paper Pattern and Unit Wise Marking Scheme in the below-given table.



S. No.

Unit Name

CBSE Marking Scheme for Class 10th 2018

Marks in Theory

Marks in Practical

1. Basics of Information Technology 10 -
2. Information Processing Tools 25 30
3. Societal Impact of IT 05 -
4. IT Applications - 30
40 60



Design of Practical Paper Pattern –


 Hands on Experience – 30 Marks


 IT Application Report File – 15 Marks


 Project Work – 10 Marks


 Viva Voice – 5 Marks




CBSE Class 10 Paper Pattern of Health and Physical Education



Physical Education is one of the most opted elective subjects amongst the students.


Find below the complete Paper Pattern of Class 10th Physical Education in the same format as released by CBSE.


CBSE Marks Pattern for Class 10th for Phy. Education

Paper Code –  048 Total Marks – 100
Theory – 70 Practical – 30
Time Duration – 3:00 hours Total No of Questions – 26




 CBSE Class 10th Marking Scheme for Other Subjects



CBSE Class 10 Marking Scheme for Other Subjects

Subjects Marking Scheme PDF
Elements of Book Keeping and Accountancy Download Here
Elements of Business Download Here
Home Science Download Here
NCC Download Here
Hindustani Music (Melodic) Download Here
Hindustani Music (Percussion) Download Here
Hindustani Music (Vocal) Download Here
Carnatic Music-Melodic Instruments Download Here
Carnatic Music-Percussion Instruments Download Here
Carnatic Music-Vocal Download Here
Painting Download Here

CBSE Class 10 Marking Scheme for Languages

Arabic Download PDF
Bengali Download PDF
Bahasa Melayu Download PDF
Bhutia Download PDF
French Download PDF
German Download PDF
Gujrati Download PDF
Japanese Download PDF
Kannada Download PDF
Malayalam Download PDF
Manipuri Download PDF
Mizo Download PDF
Marathi Download PDF
Odia Download PDF
Persian Download PDF
Punjabi Download PDF
Russian Download PDF
Sanskrit Download PDF
Spanish Download PDF
Tamil Download PDF
Tangkhul Download PDF
Telugu AP Download PDF
Telugu Telangana Download PDF
Thai Download PDF
Urdu Course A Download PDF
Urdu Course B Download PDF



Students must follow the word limit while answering the questions in the paper.


Question 1-11 carries 1 mark – about 20- 30 words.


Question 12-19 carries 3 marks – about 80 -100 words.


 Question 20 – 26 carries 5 marks – about 150 -200 words



You can also find each and every detail concerned with CBSE Class 10th Exam here with Eduncle. To get updated, please stay tuned with us.


Please share your reviews or doubts regarding the information we provided in the blog. If you have any questions about CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10th 2018, ask us in the comment section below. We’d answer your questions at the earliest.



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21 thoughts on “CBSE Class 10th Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme 2018 for All Subjects

  1. Sannidha


  2. Rupali


  3. Abhishek

    Is only top 5 subjects marks count or only 5 main subject marks count please help in getting out the percentage

  4. Rajat Khanduri

    Sir, we have 6 subjects in this year of class X (2017-18).
    1. Hindi
    2. English
    3. Maths
    4. Science
    5. S.St
    6. FIT (Computer Science)

    My question is that, when the results would be out in May 2018, then out of many marks would we calculate our percentage?
    I mean from total 500 or 600?
    Or will it be best of five subjects?
    Can we count FIT marks in Best of Five?
    Please answer, thanks in advance!

  5. Devansh Gupta

    Sir is really true that we have to write what was written in our textbook can we express our views in some answers?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Devansh,
      Most of the students stick to their own NCERT books and do not substantiate the information with other books. However, we suggest you to read more if you think you need to gather more details. Make sure the information is authentic and non-controversial.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  6. Ritu

    CBSE is giving cgpa or percentage to 10th board students in the session 2017-18?

  7. Siddhi

    Will the percentage of best 5 subjects would be taken for result???

  8. Kriti Pandey

    Pls…sir tell me..whether cbse board release class 10 results in % or cgpa.???

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Kriti,
      Class 10th marks scheme will be based on old approach i.e. percentage
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  9. Malavika

    Sir thanks for information . One more question remains with me , ie with what marks range A1 is deciding in class10 th exam in 2018

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Malavika,
      We appreciate your zeal to know the details about class 10th result. We have explained the CGPA to percentage conversion of class 10th marks in the given blog. Please check it:
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  10. Fan

    Will best out of 6 marks added in class 10th board result??

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Fan,
      Marks will be added to your mark-sheet but your agg. CGPA will be calculated from the best out of 6.
      “If a candidate fails to pass in any one of the three elective subjects — Science, Social Science, Mathematics, then it will be replaced by the vocational subject (offered as sixth additional subject).”
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  11. Vinod pandey

    Sir in 10 th cbse best marks in all 6 subject is calculated for percentage or 5 subject is considered not including 6 th one

  12. smriti

    sir is it necessary to follow ncert ?
    because most of my friends say 60 per cent questions will be from ncert

  13. smriti

    sir one more question
    computer questions will also come from cbse or it is not included ?

  14. latha

    Sir kindly advise me on which side book on maths will be helpful for 10th std which puts all the steps very clearly step by step self explanatory text book may be suggested to me.

  15. Mita

    Are there any marks alloted to art& cultural or sports in CBSE 10th grading system like in the Maharashtra State board?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Mita,
      The CBSE had in April directed all schools under their purview to make one period of physical education mandatory across classes, starting the forthcoming academic year 2018-’19.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  16. Rajjha

    Sir, how many subject compulsory to pass in exam for compartment examinarion of 2018-2019

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