CBSE : Integrating Skill Education in Schools affiliated to CBSE

2nd January, 2023
Circular No.: Skill-01/2023

To The Heads of all Institutions
Affiliated to CBSE
Subject: Integrating Skill Education in schools affiliated to CBSE
New Year Greetings from CBSE!

With an aim to equip the school students with the relevant employability and entrepreneurial skills, as per the recommendations of NEP 2020, CBSE has taken many initiatives for integrating Skill Education in its affiliated schools. More than 27 lakh students are presently studying Skill Subjects in classes IX-XIl in approximately 22,000 affiliated schools.
Integrating Skill Education in Schools affiliated to CBSE
CBSE is committed towards the development of skills in school students and aims to develop good human beings capable of rational thought and action, possessing compassion, empathy, courage, resilience, scientific temper and creative imagination with sound ethical moorings and values. It aims at making engaged, productive, and contributing citizens for building an equitable, inclusive and plural society as envisaged by our Constitution.

Some of the initiatives taken by the Board are as follows:

1. Introduction of new Skill Modules: CBSE announced the introduction of Skill Modules for Middle school vide its circular no. 25/2020. Currently CBSE offers 33 Skill Modules for Middle school students. (Updated list is at Annexure I). The following may be noted w.r.t. introduction of Skill Modules in the school:
  • All Skill Modules are of 12-15 hours duration.

  • 70% of the time duration will be devoted for the hands-on activities and 30% will be used for theory.

  • Schools/students are free to opt for one or more of these Skill Module(s).

  • Schools/students are free to opt any Skill Module(s) either at class VI/ VII or VIII.

  • These Skill Modules will also be made available in online self-learning mode. The child can take up the classes online too.

  • The assessment of these modules will be school based and will preferably be project based.

  • The assessment is to be done by the school as per the criteria/modalities provided by the Board.

  • These modules can be offered through the respective Hobby Clubs (if available).
2. Introduction of new Skill Subjects: CBSE offers 22 Skill subjects in classes IX-X and 43 Skill subjects in classes XI-XII. The list of these subjects along with respective job roles and marks distribution are annexed. Following new Skill subjects have been introduced:

CLASS IX                                                                                                    CLASS XI

Design Thinking & Innovation

Foundation Skills for Sciences (Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology)

Electronics & Hardware

Design Thinking & Innovation

Physical Activity Trainer

Land Transportation Associate

Electronics & Hardware

Please note that the schools can register their students in class IX/XI in these new subjects also (through the CBSE registration portal as per the schedule provided by Examination Unit)

3. No fee is to be paid by the affiliated schools to CBSE for introducing Skill module/Skill subject at any level.

4. The Scheme of Studies for the students opting for skill subjects in classes IX-X has been amended as follows:

If a student studies three compulsory subjects (i.e., Science, Mathematics and Social Science) and also chooses to study a Skill subject (offered as sixth optional subject), then the aggregate of best five including two languages (Subject 1 & 2) and the best three (from subject 3, 4, 5 & 6, including Skill subject) can be considered for calculation of percentage.

5. Application for introducing Skill Subjects/ Skill Modules: As per the revised Affiliation Bye-laws of the Board, a school does not have to apply separately for introducing any additional subject(s), including Skill subject(s), except Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology. The school shall fill the details in the OASIS form and provide the required details.

However, for adequate handholding, mentoring and training of teachers of the schools that wish to introduce Skill subjects/ Skill Modules w.e.f. the session 2023-2024, the schools should provide the information/ details using the below mentioned links:


Link & QR Code

a) For providing information about the Skill Modules introduced by the school in classes VIVIII

(Refer to Annexure–I for the list of Skill Modules)

b) For providing information about the Skill Subjects introduced by the school in class IX

(Refer to Annexure–III for the list of Skill subjects) QaZmSY3CFADns9

c) For providing information about the Skill Subjects introduced by the school in class XI

(Refer to Annexure–V for the list of Skill subjects)

6. All Schools may note that all training programmes being done by Department of Skill Education are eligible to be counted in the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of minimum 50 hours’ duration per year for teachers and principals as recommended in NEP 2020.

For the Curriculum, Study Material/ Textbook, Sample Question Papers and Previous Years’ Question Papers of the various Skill Subjects/Modules being offered by CBSE from Classes VI —XII, please visit the ‘Skill Education’ webpage of the CBSE Academic website (Direct link:

For any further queries/ feedback please contact Joint Secretary, Department of Skill Education, CBSE at [email protected]

(Dr. Biswajit Saha)
Director (Skill Education)

I. Annexure-I: List of Skill Modules in Middle School (Classes VI — VIII)
II. Annexure-II: Scheme of Studies at Secondary level (Classes IX — X)
III. Annexure-III: List of Skill Subjects at Secondary level (Classes IX — X)
iv. Annexure-IV: Scheme of Studies at Senior Secondary level (Classes XI] — XII)
v. Annexure-V: List of Skill Subjects at Senior Secondary level (Classes XI — XII)

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

1. The Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, 18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, Delhi-110016
2. |The Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, B-15, Sector-62, Institutional Area, Noida - 201309.
3. The Director of Education, Directorate of Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Old Secretariat, Delhi - 110054
4. The Director of Public Instructions (Schools), Union Territory Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh - 160017
5. The Director of Education, Govt. of Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim - 737101
6. The Director of School Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar - 791 111
7. The Director of Education, Govt. of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair - 744101
8. The Director, Central Tibetan School Administration, ESSESS Plaza, Community Centre, Sector 3, Rohini, New Delhi
9. The Secretary, Sainik Schools Society, Room No.101, D-1 Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi- 110001
10. The Additional Director, General of Army Education, A-Wing, Sena Bhawan, DHQ, PO, New Delhi—1 10001
11. The Secretary, AWES, Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army), FDRC Building No. 202, Shankar Vihar (Near APS), Delhi Cantt — 110010
12. The Secretary, Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.
13. The Chairman, Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, N-1/9, Near Doordarshan Kendra, PO Sainik School Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha-751005
14. The Deputy Secretary to Chairman, CBSE - for kind information of the Chairman, CBSE
15. All the Heads of Department of the Board.
16. All the Regional Directors/Regional Officers/Head-COEs, CBSE with the request to send this circular to all the Heads of the affiliated schools of the Board in their respective regions for compliance.
17. Head (Media & Public Relations), CBSE
18. Assistant Secretary (IT), CBSE, Rouse Avenue with the request to upload this notification on the CBSE Academic website.
19. Incharge, Hindi Cell, CBSE HQ — for Hindi Translation of this notification.

Director (Skill Education)

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