Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018. The decision was taken at the CBSE Governing body meeting on Tuesday.

Currently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the Board exam or a school-based examination. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has in the past favoured making Board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all state boards.

The decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.

According to reports in another key decision, the CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD ministry that the three language formula, under which Hindi, English and Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII.