CBSE Skill Expo and Guidance Festival 2023 for Principals and Teachers

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CBSE Announces “Skill Expo and Guidance Festival – 2023”

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CBSE Latest Circular: On the occasion of India’s 77th Independence Day, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proudly unveiled its upcoming CBSE Skill Expo and Guidance Festival – 2023. As part of its ongoing mission to highlight the significance of skill development in young minds, CBSE aims to host this landmark event which combines two of its past initiatives.

A Look into the Past CBSE Skill Expo cum Awareness Workshops

Last year, CBSE took the initiative to organize Skill Expo cum Awareness Workshops in various cities, namely Panipat in Haryana and Agra & Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The primary motive behind this was to shed light on skill courses to the Principals and Teachers of CBSE affiliated schools.

Not just that, CBSE collaborated with Lifology Foundation to present a National Guidance Festival digitally. Held in September 2022, this event aimed at assisting students and parents from classes VIII to XII.

They received insights about future career trajectories, necessary skill sets, and strategies to achieve their professional aspirations.

What’s New in CBSE EXPO 2023?

With the overwhelming success of the past events, CBSE intends to blend the Skill Expo and National Guidance Festival into one grand spectacle. This CBSE initiative will kick off with regional events across all board regions, culminating in a national-level extravaganza. The core objective is to stimulate creativity, innovation, and foster a peer learning environment for students, educators, and principals.

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Benefits for Participation in the CBSE Expo and Guidance Event:

For those stepping into this venture, a plethora of benefits await:

  • Inspiring Dreams: Success stories will fuel students’ aspirations.
  • Exploring Pathways: Discover a gamut of career and skill development avenues.
  • Industry Insights: An in-depth look into the latest industry trends.
  • Job Ready Skills: Orientation on upcoming fields such as AI, Robotics, and Genomics.
  • 21st Century Skills: Introduction to critical skills like communication and adaptability.
  • Guidance and Counselling: Expert sessions to help students understand their potential.
  • Parental Involvement: Engage parents for better student decision-making.
  • Holistic Profile: Emphasize on overall growth alongside academic achievements.

Themes and Sub-Themes of CBSE Expo and Guidance Festival

CBSE Skill Expo and Guidance Festival 2023 Theme & Sub-Theme



Local to Global

Future Tech

Health and Wellness

Hospitality & Tourism

Sustainability & Environmental Conservation

AVGC Sector (Animation, visual effects, Gaming, Comics)

Sub-themes shall be

intimated in due course of

time through separate


While the core themes include Future Tech, Health and Wellness, Hospitality & Tourism, Sustainability & Environmental Conservation, and AVGC Sector (Animation, visual effect, Gaming, Comics), there’s a tease for local to global sub-themes, details of which will be disclosed later.

cbse latest circular
cbse latest circular

Eligibility for participation: The CBSE school students may participate in any of the 02- categories:

Category I Classes 6 to 10 students,
Category II Classes 11 to 12 students.

How to Participate in CBSE Expo and Guidance Event?

Interested schools must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All schools willing to participate need to register using the link which shall be provided in the notification along with timeline for skill expo separately (as per schedule).
  • Two participation categories available: Category I for Classes 6 to 10 and Category II for Classes 11 to 12.
  • CBSE School teams can exhibit a maximum of three skills with at least two teams registered.
  • Exhibits to be showcased can be a product creation process or application of entrepreneurship.
  • Teams must submit detailed project outlines within a specified timeline.
  • Eco-friendliness is encouraged in exhibit preparation.
  • Team composition and exhibit theme once registered cannot be altered.
  • Exhibits will be judged on various criteria including creativity, originality, and entrepreneurship potential.

Participation Guidelines for CBSE Skill Expo 2023

1. Registration Essentials

Schools eager to take part should sign up through the provided link in the upcoming announcement. The skill expo’s timeline will also accompany this notice.

2. Who Can Join?

Students can opt between two categories:

  • Category I includes students from Classes 6 to 10.
  • Category II encompasses students from Classes 11 to 12.

For each skill, the school’s representation will consist of:

  • One teacher and two students.
  • A designated mentor skilled teacher.
  • The skill expo will roll out in two phases: Regional followed by National.

3. Skill Exhibition

Each school can present a minimum of one and up to three distinct skills.

4. Team Registrations

Every school can register at least two teams.

5. Name Consistency

Post-registration, neither student names nor the mentor teacher’s name can undergo changes during the exhibition’s course.

6. Team Uniformity

Teams gearing up for both Regional and National Levels should remain consistent in their composition.

7. Theme and Skill Clarity

Once a theme or sub-theme is picked, or a skill is decided upon, there’s no going back or making changes.

8. Exhibit Highlights

Projects showcased can either:

  • Detail the method behind a product’s creation.
  • Highlight entrepreneurial applications.

9. Green Initiatives

While crafting their exhibits, teams should lean towards eco-friendly and innovative materials.

10. Project Details Submission

All teams must share specifics of their projects (including the title, description, materials list, photos, and videos) within the timeline shared in the official notice.

11. Pre-Exhibition Scrutiny

Before making it to the regional or national stage, all entries will undergo a thorough screening.

12. Skill Presentation Choices

Schools can independently prepare or display a skill. Alternatively, they have the freedom to collaborate with field specialists.

Every participant is urged to adhere to these guidelines to ensure a seamless and productive expo experience.

13. The CBSE exhibits will be assessed by a team of experts as per the following criteria:

Criteria Weightage
Creativity and imagination 20%
Originality and innovativeness 15%
Scientific thought/principle/approach 15%
Technical skills, workmanship, craftsmanship, etc. 15%
Entrepreneurship, scalability, and future societal use 15%
Economics (low cost), portability, and durability 10%
Presentation – effective display & relevant explanations 10%

 CBSE Skill Expo and Guidance Festival 2023: Important Points to Note

All participating schools must fall under the jurisdiction of the respective CBSE regional office. Participants will bear their own expenses, including lodging and boarding during the event.

CBSE Skill Expo and Guidance Festival 2023 Events Schedule

Tentatives Date

Duration of Event

Proposed City

Concerned Regional Office 

13 September 2023


1 Day

New Delhi

Delhi East, Delhi West, Noida

20 September 2023


1 Day


Dehradun, Chandigarh, Panchkula

27 September 2023


1 Day


Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati

5 October 2023


1 Day


Ajmer, Bhopal

11 October 2023


1 Day


Bangalore, Pune

17 October 2023


1 Day


Chennai, Vijaywada

1 November 2023


1 Day


Prayagraj, Patna

14 November 2023


1 Day



15 November 2023


1 Day


National Event

 CBSE Expo Registration And Certification

There’s no registration fee. Certificates will be presented to the best entries at both Regional and National levels. Schools will be intimated about the shortlisted projects via email. The final decisions on entries rest with the committee members and are deemed final.

Details about the event’s venue will be communicated in due time. All affiliated schools are thus urged to encourage maximum student participation. For any queries, schools can reach out to

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