Board exams for 10th standard, now a compulsary norm:
Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all Central Board of Secondary Education students from 2018 as the CBSE’s governing body “unanimously approved” a proposal in this regard.
The decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.

Current status:
Currently, it is optional for CBSE students. They can choose between the Board exam or a school-based examination.