In line with CBSE, Karnataka to fix 20 internal marks for PUC examination in subjects without practicals

In line with CBSE, Karnataka to fix 20 internal marks for PUC examination in subjects without practicals

Repeaters and students registered as private candidates will have to answer a 100 marks question paper.


The Karnataka government has issued an order, in line with CBSE, to introduce internal evaluation for subjects without practical exams in the first and second pre-university (PU) academic year starting from 2023-24. The previous system allocated 30 marks for practical exams and 70 marks for theoretical exams in subjects with practical classes, while subjects without practical classes had a 100-mark annual exam. The new order aims to reduce test anxiety and stress, promote comprehensive evaluation, and ensure uniformity in student performance.


According to the order, 20 marks will now be assigned for internal evaluation. The evaluation criteria include 10 marks based on the first and second unit tests and the mid-term exam, with the best of the two marks averaged. The remaining 10 marks will be based on projects, assignments, presentations, and viva voce. This system will apply to core subjects like math, economics, business studies, languages, and others, while the previous 70+30 marking scheme will continue for subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, electronics, computer science, home science, carnatic music, Hindustani music, and national skills qualification framework subjects.


The order applies to regular students appearing for the first and second PUC exams this year, while repeaters and private candidates will answer a 100-mark question paper. To pass the annual exam, students must score at least 24 marks out of 80. In case of absence from exams, the marks obtained in the remaining exams will be converted and averaged. For students who appeared in only one short exam or mid-year exam, those marks will be converted to ten and halved. Students who do not appear for any exams or submit any projects/assignments must secure 35 marks out of 80 to pass.


The department will provide a list of project and assignment titles to students, and principals are responsible for supervising the internal evaluation process and ensuring clear marking. If a student changes colleges, private study should also be included in the internal evaluation system, and suitable arrangements should be made for evaluation.