CBSE Conduct of Summative Assessment-II (School Based) for Classes IX and X (2016-2017)

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CBSE/Acad./JS &IC(ART&I)/SA-II/2017

Dated: 31-01-2017

Circular No.: Acad-03/2017

All the Heads of Independent Schools

Affiliated to CBSE


Subject: Conduct of Summative Assessment-II (School Based) for Classes IX and X (2016-2017).

Dear Principal,

  1. The School Based Assessment has been operational in all CBSE affiliated schools for classes IX and X. As per the scheme, four Formative Assessments and two Summative Assessments are conducted in an academic year.


  1. The following may please be noted for Summative Assessment II for classes IX and X:

URL for the ITMS is

Contact No.s: 011-23216220 and 011-23217720

  1. As in practice, the Summative Assessment–II will be in the form of a pen-paper test conducted by the schools themselves.
  1. The Syllabus and the design of the Examination Question Paper for different subjects of classes IX and X Summative Assessment II will be the same as available on the CBSE-Academic website
  1. The Board will support schools to generate online question papers in the following major subjects:
    • English Communicative (Code No. 101)
  • English Language & Literature (Code No. 184)
  • Hindi Course A (Code No. 002)
  • Hindi Course B (Code No. 085)
  • Mathematics (Code No. 041)
  • Science (Code No. 086)
  • Social Science (Code No. 087)
  • Communicative Sanskrit (Code No. 122)
  1. With respect to other subjects/languages, the schools will administer their own question paper.
  1. To distribute the question papers and marking scheme to schools, the Board has been using web-based technology and has built a solution called Integrated Test Management System (ITMS).

The CBSE-ITMS, with URL: is an application that automates online generation and distribution of Question Paper and Marking Scheme. This innovative solution allows the CBSE affiliated schools to access question papers and download them in a transparent, secure and user-friendly manner.

The principals of newly affiliated schools are requested to read Annexure-I and register themselves in the system. The Principals who have already registered themselves previously need not register again. The previously allotted login ID and password will work.

  1. Each school will be provided with two sets of unique question papers generated through online ITMS system.

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  1. The school may either:


  1. pick up one question paper out of 2 for each subject downloaded by the school from ITMS.


  1. mix and match the two question papers downloaded by the school from ITMS.
  1. prepare their own question papers as per design available on CBSE Academic website.

However, in case the school prepares its own question papers, the question papers and marking scheme so prepared should be emailed to the Board (email id: for verification within a week of conduct of the respective paper.

  1. The second Summative Assessment (SA–II) for this academic session for classes IX and X will be conducted from 15th March,


  1. Every School, Sahodaya Cluster or City may design its own date sheet for classes IX and X School Based Examination accordingly.


  1. Schedule for Supply of Question Papers and Marking Scheme by the Board and Conduct of SA-II by the schools:
Supply of Online Question Papers Conduct of Examination Supply of Online Marking
From  9th  March, 2017 15th March 2017 onwards From 22nd   March 2017

The content will be available for one month.

In order to avoid congestion on the server it is suggested that the following schedule may be followed for downloading the assessment material:

S. No. Schools in Region Time for downloading
1. Ajmer 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.
2. Allahabad and Dehradun 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
3. Chennai 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
4. Delhi 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
5. Guwahati and Patna 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
6. Bhubaneswar and Trivandrum 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
7. Panchkula 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

The Principals are requested to follow the steps in Annexure II to download the question papers and marking scheme.

  1. The schools need to take the printouts of the desired question paper (refer para 4 above) and,

thereafter, the      required number  of  prints/copies may be  made at  the school  level.  These

question papers must be kept carefully maintaining secrecy.

  1. It may be noted again that the question papers for Classes IX and X have been designed by the Board and are being sent online to schools with the purpose of maintaining uniformity and standardization. Depending upon the feedback and suggestions from the stakeholders, the Board may review this policy in future, if need be.

The question papers will be available in both M.S. Word format and PDF format in all the subjects except English. In English, question papers will be available only in word format. This has been done to enable the schools to change the question paper, if required. The Marking Scheme will be available only in Word format.

  1. Evaluation of answer scripts will be done by the school teachers themselves on the basis of the Marking Scheme generated online as per the schedule given. The schools may use the Sahodaya School Cluster for spot evaluation so that teachers from other schools are also involved.


  1. There will be random verification of the assessment procedures carried out by schools through the Board officials/nominees appointed by the Board.


  1. Kindly note that answer scripts of Summative Assessment I for classes IX and X should not be sent to the Board under any circumstances. However these must be preserved and kept in the safe custody at the school as per details given in CBSE circular dated 28/06/2012.


It is imperative that no school uses defective questions. The head of the school needs to ensure that appropriate fonts are downloaded and installed for proper viewing of Question Papers of Classes IX & X (SA-II). Further, the Question paper must be thoroughly checked before administering for examination. In case of discrepancies, the details are to be sent to the following designated persons:-

For further queries you may contact:

Sh. Subhash Chand, Deputy Director, Phone no. 011-23216220, 011-23217720


  1. 16. It is requested that all schools should login to the system after reading this circular to ensure that they have/remember the password to the system. All schools are requested to

update their details in the system, especially principal’s name and contact numbers.

Yours Sincerely,

S/d –

(Manoj K. Srivastava)

Joint Secretary & In charge (Academics, Research, Training & Innovation)

Encl: Annexure I, Annexure II and Annexure III (FAQ)

Copy to the respective Heads of Directorates, Organizations and Institutions as indicated below with a request to disseminate the information to all the schools under their jurisdiction:

  1. The Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, 18-Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, ND-16
  1. The Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, B-15, Sector-62, Institutional Area, Noida-201309.
  1. The Director of Education, Directorate of Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Old Secretariat, Delhi-110 054.
  1. The Director of Public Instructions (Schools), Union Territory Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh-160 017.
  1. The Director of Education, Govt. of Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim –737101.
  1. The Director of School Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar –791 111 7. The Director of Education, Govt. of A&N Islands, Port Blair – 744101.
  1. The Director of Education, S.I.E., CBSE Cell, VIP Road, Junglee Ghat, P.O. 744103, A&N Island
  1. The Director, Central Tibetan School Administration, ESSESS Plaza, Community Centre, Sector 3, Rohini
  1. The Additional Director General of Army Education, A –Wing, Sena Bhawan, DHQ, PO, New Delhi-110001.
  1. The Secretary AWES, Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army), FDRC Building No. 202,Shankar Vihar (Near APS), Delhi Cantt-110010
  1. The Under Secretary (EE-1), MHRD, Govt. of India, Department of SE&L, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-01
  1. All Regional Directors/Regional Officers of CBSE with the request to send this circular to all the Heads of the affiliated schools of the Board in their respective regions.
  1. All Associate Professor & Additional Directors/Advisors/Consultants
  1. All Joint Director/Deputy Director/Assistant Director, CBSE
  1. In charge IT Unit with the request to put this circular on the CBSE Academic website. 17. The Assistant Librarian, CBSE
  1. The Public Relations Officer, CBSE
  1. SPS to Chairman, CBSE
  1. SPS to Secretary, CBSE
  1. SPS to Controller of Examinations, CBSE
  1. SPS to Director (Information Technology)
  1. SPS to Director (Special Exams and CTET), CBSE


Joint Secretary & In charge (Academics, Research, Training & Innovation)



If you are the first time user, please email us on with the following details (type in body of the mail) and attachments.

Mention subject in the email as “Requesting new School registration on ITMS”.

  1. Affiliation Number:
  2. School Code:
  3. School Name:
  4. School Address:
  5. District:
  6. State:
  7. Pin Code:
  8. Country:
  9. Website address:
  10. School Contact Number:
  11. School Email Address:
  12. Principal Name:
  13. Principal contact Number:
  14. Principal Email address:


  • Scanned copy of School affiliation letter from CBSE
  • Scanned copy of request letter for new registration on school letterhead



In the web browser, type the CBSE ITMS URL “ ENTER. The CBSEITMS login screen will be displayed.

  1. Login to the system with same user name and password which were used in the last session. You will get the following screen on successful login.
  1. By default, Question paper download is enabled to download Marking scheme. Click on the Marking Scheme download button and vice versa.


  1. Download the QPs/ MSs in the required format by clicking on the respective buttons.


  1. The file will be downloaded in RAR format, unzip the file to your desktop. Link to download the WINRAR application is given in the home page.


  1. Download the application and install in your system if you do not have.


  1. Please note that in order to make the Mathematics and Hindi font visible in MS Word you should have the following fonts installed on your computer (link to download the fonts is given in the home page)
  1. a. Chanakya
  1. b. UniversalMaths
  2. c. Krutidev
  1. d. Mangal
  2. e. Chanakya Walkman 901 and 905
  3. f. Arial Unicode
  1. After downloading the papers, in case school wants to administer the test for the subjects Social Science, Mathematics or Science, only in English medium, or, only in Hindi medium, the text of the other language can be deleted, before printing, thus saving paper and being environment friendly.
  1. Marking scheme will be available on the day mentioned above. To generate it, repeat the instructions above 1-3 (Click on Marking Scheme download).


  1. You can download the Question Paper or Marking Scheme in Word or PDF format by clicking on the appropriate link.

 Please logout from the ITMS website after completion of the task( for security reason)



  1. What is my User Name?
Your User Name is your School Affiliation Number.
2 I am facing problem in logging in to the system. What should I do?
If you have  registered earlier in  ITMS  System,  you  can  download  the  QP by
logging into ITMS
· If you have forgotten the password, you can try on the forgot password link to get
your updated password. Please try this feature only once and wait for about 30 minutes.
o  In  case  of  no  email  received  within  30  minutes,  please  send   us a  mail on along with scanned copy of affiliation document.
Mention “Forgot Password” in the subject line of the email.
o  Your updated password will be delivered on your registered mail.
·  If you are a first time user and have not registered earlier: Please refer Annexure I
  • I am not able to access my email Id or the Principal has changed and the current Id registered in the system is of the earlier principal.



Please send us the scanned copy of your school affiliation letter and the scanned copy of request letter duly signed and stamped by the School Principal to . to update your email id in ITMS system.

  • What if the process of downloading the Question papers is slow?

There may be a possibility of congestion on the server, therefore the region-wise schedule of downloading the papers as mentioned in the circular should be strictly followed.

You can download during evening hours after 4 PM for quick access.

  • On downloading word files I am not able to see Hindi/Sanskrit papers or I am not able to see the Hindi text in Mathematics/Science/Social Science papers.


It is advised to install fonts mentioned below before downloading or opening of the Question Papers and Marking Scheme in MS Word.

Fonts are :

  1. Chanakya
  1. Universal Maths
  2. Krutidev
  3. Mangal
  1. Chanakya Walkman 901 and 905
  2. Arial Unicode

Note: Link to download all the necessary fonts is given in the home page.

6 When will be the Marking Scheme available for download?
The marking scheme will be available for download as per the schedule given in the
circular of the respective summative.
  • For how long will the Marking Scheme and Question Papers be available for downloading?
The QP and MS will be available for one month;
8 What is the format in which the Marking Schemes are available?
Marking Schemes are available only in word format.
9 If some internal table over shoots the outer table in MS word, what do I do?
Please correct internal table by dragging/resizing before printing the question paper.
  • What should the Schools do, if there is nothing ( BLANK ) appearing in place of a question or a discrepancy is observed in any of the questions?


The School may administer another question in place of such question and the same must immediately be reported back on the email ids mentioned in the circular.


  • What should the School do, if the Question paper is running into too many pages?

In order to reduce the number of pages of the question paper, the blank spaces in between the questions may be deleted and the questions may be re-aligned and re-justified.

As our Question Papers are bi-lingual, set it according to your need in single language
12 What will be the format in which the question papers are going to be downloaded?
For Hindi A, Hindi B, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Sanskrit, the question
papers may be downloaded in word (.doc) as well as (.pdf) format.
For English Communicative and English – Language and Literature, the question papers
are available only in word format.
13 What should be done if junk characters are coming in Hindi question paper and Hindi
portion of bilingual question papers?
If junk characters are coming in Hindi question paper and Hindi portion of bilingual
question papers select the incorrect text and set the desired font.
In case of subjects where the question papers are bilingual and your students wish to take
the exam in one medium please delete the language not required and save on printing and
photocopying costs. For example, in case all your students are from English Medium in the
subject of Mathematics, please delete the Hindi portion.
14 Can the school prepare its own question paper?
Yes, the school may prepare its own question paper.
  • In case the school decides to use its own question papers, does it need to send the Question Paper to the board?


In case the school prepares its own question papers, the question papers and marking scheme so prepared should be emailed to the Board (email id: ) for verification within a week of conduct of the respective paper



  • What if the school wants to partly use the questions provided and partly the questions prepared by itself?


The School may partly use the questions provided by C.B.S.E. and partly the question prepared by itself but the same must be sent to C.B.S.E. within a period of 7 days after the conduct of the examination.



  • What is the mode of sending the Question Papers to CBSE and should the hard copies of the Question Papers be sent to CBSE?


The Question Papers should only be sent in the form of soft copy by email only. The email ids are mentioned in the circular.


  • Can the school share the question papers provided by CBSE with other schools?

No, the Question papers provided to the school must not be shared with any other school.

  • If the school wants to conduct examination in only one language (in bilingual papers), for example in Hindi only, can it remove the questions mentioned in other language?


Yes, the school may delete the text in the language in which it does not want to conduct examination and retain the text in the other language.


  • For how long the school needs to preserve answer scripts of SA?



Vide Circular No. 8/2012 of 19.1.2012 against Sl. No.10 schools have been instructed to preserve and keep the answer books of classes IX and X in the safe custody at the school for at least a period of three years (in case of class IX) and two years (in case of class X) along with question papers and marking schemes for any verification by the Board subsequently. It has, time and again been brought to the notice that with increasing volume it is becoming difficult to preserve the record. The Board has, therefore, reduced the retention period of the assessments of classes IX and X to be preserved at the school level w.e.f. 2013 examination and the same is as under :

  1. i) Answer books of candidates (both for main and Improvement of Performance examination) shall be preserved by the School upto 02 months after declaration of result in respect of such candidates who have not applied for verification of grades or sought photocopy of the answer book.
  1. ii) Schools shall preserve the answer books in cases where mistake has been detected on account of verification of grades and those cases seeking photocopy of answer book(s) as under _
  • Mistake detected on account of Verification of grades – 01 year from the date of declaration of result
  • In case of providing photocopy of answer book(s) _ 01 year if no RTI case received and 03 years if RTI case received
  • Schools shall preserve the answer books of sub-judice cases for 01 year after the final judgement
  1. Schools shall weed out the evidence of assessments of classes IX & X along with the answer books of class X of the relevant examination viz. for 2013 Class X examination the evidence of assessments of class IX session 2011-2012 and Class X session 2012-2013 be weeded out 02 months after declaration of result of class X. However, errors, RTI and sub-judice cases will be dealt as per paras (ii) & (iii) above
  1. Schools shall weed out the hard copies of the marks data for classes IX and X along with the answer books of the Class X examination of the relevant year viz. for 2013 Class X examination the evidence of assessments of class IX session 2011-2012 and Class X session 2012-2013 be weeded out 02 months after declaration of result of class X.

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