The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has reduced the score threshold to pass the Class X and XII boards from the academic session 2018-19. The pass marks for Class X students are reduced from 35% to 33%. The pass marks for Class XII are reduced from 40% to 35%. Over 2000 schools in India and abroad are affiliated to the CISCE.

This has been done to bring parity between students of various other boards in India. Under CBSE, the largest national board, 33 percent marks serve as the threshold to clear both the Class X and the Class XII boards.

The Council has participated in numerous meetings with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, along with the other Examination Boards of the country and was nominated to be a member of the Inter-Board Working Group (IBWG) to discuss various examination related matters and make recommendations accordingly.

Among the many recommendations made by the Inter-Board Working Group (IBWG), it was suggested that all boards in the country should have the same pass mark criteria. In view of this fact, the Council decided to change its pass mark criteria. The objective of this is to bring about a close uniformity with other Boards in the country.