The Central Board of Secondary Education, commonly known as CBSE, is a body that facilitates the education system in India. The board caters to private schools, kendriya vidyalays, government schools, central Tibetan schools, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, and public schools across the country. There are approximately 9000 schools within the jurisdiction of the board. The CBSE headquarters are in Delhi. However, the school has regional offices in its every jurisdiction. The ones that are located outside India are taken care by the Delhi office.

CBSE is a financially independent body that does not receive any grant-in-aid from the Center or the State governments. It meets its expenses from the examination charges and fees taken for different courses as well as from the sale of its publications.

CBSE conducts final examinations for higher secondary and senior secondary every year under the All India Senior School Certificate Examination. The result is the basis for admission in colleges and other institutes. It also conducts the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) for admission in medical colleges in India. It even conducts the prestigious All India Engineering/Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE) whose scores are used to seek admission in undergraduate courses of engineering and architecture.

CBSE plays a pivotal role in devising rules and strategies for conducting examinations. They work upon the marking strategy, course curriculum, examination schedule, centers for examination, etc. beyond this, they take the visionary role of evolving the education system that brings out the best in every student and helps them take the career of their choice.

The board also takes up the challenging task of promoting vocational education to reduce the rate of unemployment and help students find job-oriented careers. Thex also work hard to introduce innovative teaching methodologies that are student-centered and promote effective learning. India for long was plagued with the prevalence of rote memorization as a learning approach. The board played a prime role in gradually shifting the focus from this passive approach to an interactive learning approach.

Besides students, teachers also need to keep themselves up-to-date with latest trends in the education system. CBSE regularly conducts workshops and guest lecturers for its teachers to help them move ahead on their learning curve and incorporate their learning in their teaching plans.

CBSE falls within the domain of Right to Information. One can file an RTI application on its web portal and gather further assistance on the RTI procedure from the concerned authorities.

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