CBSE Class 9 Exams Overview

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with its 9000+ affiliated schools countrywide is the largest governing body for conducting the Secondary and Senior Secondary School Examination in India.

CBSE Class 9: Salient Features

CBSE Class 9 is a stage where a crucial balance of coursework can be seen, i.e. it acts as a bridge between Primary and Secondary Education. New terms and chapters will be introduced in almost every subject alongwith the retention of a few topics from Class 8. Such a coursework is designed for the benefit of the students keeping students' perspective in mind.

CBSE Class 9 Exams are conducted in two ways –  one being the way where the exam papers are provided by the Board itself and other where the exam papers are framed by the schools with the prior permission from the Board. In order to avoid the hassle of acquiring permission, most schools follow the exam papers provided by the Board.

CBSE Class 9 follows the Continuous and comprehensive evaluation(CCE) Pattern.


According to the CBSE Guidelines, direct admission to CBSE Class 9 is not acceptable.

The candidate needs to provide a proof of his/her Regular Course of study for Class 8 and also the Passing Certificate provided by the School affiliated to CBSE Board or any other equivalent Board/s.

In case of a transfer from other Board, a Transfer Certificate should also be provided.

The admission process starts directly after the results for Class 8 are declared which starts from the month of March and carries on till June and varies from region to region.

Datesheet/Time Table:

CBSE Class 9 Date Sheet is usually disclosed by the first week of January and totally depends on the schools for any change in dates.

CBSE Problem Solving Assessment:

Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) has been conducted by CBSE since 2013 and started as a pen-paper based test. PSA helps in evaluating a student’s verbal communication, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, creative thinking, and decision making skills.

CBSE PSA scores are reflected in both Class 9 Summative Assessment – II, and in Class 10 Final Marksheet.

CBSE Open Text-based Assessment

Open Text-based Assessment(OTBA) is conducted besides Summative Assessment – II Examination for the Students of Class 9. The subjects include Hindi, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. A total weightage of 10 marks is dedicated to this Assessment format which also includes Value Based Questions.


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