The education board has clarified that this is its first exam fee increase in five years.
“The Board had not increased the fee in the last five years” it said.
“This hike has brought CBSE fee at par with other central board NIOS, which charges Rs. 1,800 for male candidates, Rs. 1,450 for females and Rs. 1,200 for SC/ST candidates,” the CBSE said in a statement on the fee hike.
Students sitting for Class 10 and Class 12 board exams have to pay Rs. 1,500 each for five subjects and Rs. 300 extra for each optional subject, under the new rule. The rule is same for the registration for both class 10th and class 12th board exams.
Some news reports had suggested that the fee had been increased by 24 times for Delhi government school students who belong to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe categories. This angered students of Delhi government schools and their parents. Currently, these students pay Rs. 50 as towards the fee and the rest is subsidised by the Delhi government.
The CBSE has clarified that it will now take the entire Rs. 1,200 fee directly from students and the Delhi government can have an internal arrangement with schools to subsidize that amount.
“Earlier in Delhi, SC/ST students used to pay Rs. 50 and the Delhi government paid the rest. Now, the CBSE will take Rs. 1,200 entirely from the students. If the Delhi government reimburses them or pays for them, it’s an internal arrangement between schools and the Delhi government,” said Sanyam Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations, CBSE to news agency (PTI).