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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was established in 1929 as the "Board of High School and Intermediate Education" and was later renamed as the Central Board of Secondary Education in 1952. As a national-level education board in India, CBSE aims to provide a holistic, complete, vibrant, analytical, and robust school education that helps students achieve excellence in every phase of their lives. CBSE conducts various research and development programs to improve educational standards in the country. Recently, CBSE has introduced a new grading system based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE).

CBSE affiliation is recognized internationally and is considered prestigious worldwide. The curriculum followed by schools affiliated to CBSE is formulated by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). In 1962, there were around 309 schools affiliated to CBSE, but as of 2019, CBSE had approximately 21,271 schools in India and 228 schools in 25 different countries. According to the latest report, around 21,271 schools in India and 220 schools in 28 different countries are affiliated to CBSE.

Controlled and managed by the Government of India, CBSE is committed to delivering quality education to promote rational, cultural, and social interests among its students. CBSE focuses on developing a learning environment and process that encourages students to become confident, competent, enterprising, and global leaders in the future. CBSE is a self-financing institution that manages its finances without any grants or aids. The financial requirements of the Board are met through admission fees for medical and engineering entrance examinations, annual examination charges, affiliation fees, and the sale of the Board's publications.

About the Academics Department:

The Academic, Training, Innovation, and Research department of the Central Board of Secondary Education aims to achieve academic excellence by conceptualizing strategies to ensure smooth academic activities in schools affiliated to CBSE. The department provides academic guidelines, textual material, scheme of studies, curriculum, enrichment activities, support material, and capacity building programs. The department operates according to the comprehensive objectives set in the National Curriculum Framework-2005 and in alignment with various policies and acts passed by the Government of India.


Some of the major objectives of the Central Board of Secondary Education are:

  • To provide child-centered, stress-free, and holistic education to all children without compromising on quality by explaining available methods of academic activities.
  • To assess and monitor the quality of academic activities by gathering feedback from various stakeholders.
  • To organize various academic activities essential for growth.
  • To oversee and manage the various academic and training programs of the Board.
  • To achieve academic excellence by incorporating social, pedagogical, psychological, and ethical principles.
  • To recommend strategies to improve the quality of school education.
  • To implement empowerment programs to enhance the professional competency of teachers.
  • To direct schools to maintain student progress records in an understandable manner.