CBSE to Conduct 10th and 12th Exams in Two Terms; MCQ Pattern to be Introduced

CBSE is preparing to conduct these board exams in two phases. First phase of the exam will be conducted in November-December while the other phase will take place in February- March, according to the new pattern.

By The Newster

CBSE Students Discuss papers (Pic:  R. Raveendran/ ANI Photo)

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to introduce whole new pattern for the ongoing sessions of Class 10th and 12th in the view of coronavirus pandemic.

CBSE is preparing to conduct these board exams in two phases. First phase of the exam will be conducted in November-December while the other phase will take place in February- March, according to the new pattern.

The first phase will cover 50% of the syllabus and the rest go the course will be evaluated during the second phase. In second phase, no question from the first phase will be asked.

If implied, the new pattern can be easier and unnecessary burdens can be avoided.

Anand Prakash, co-founder of leading learning app Vedantu said, “In a way, it will democratise exams by helping economically weaker students and those living in far-flung areas to compete with students from the rest of the country. Recently, case-based, assertion-reason and multiple-choice questions have been incorporated, which places more emphasis on the understanding of core concepts”, to India Today.

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“The interconnectivity of several concepts or chapters will be taken into account. Having MCQs (multiple choice questions) would require our students to have a more objective understanding of concepts. This would enhance the overall cognitive skills of the students”, Prakash added.

The new syllabus drafted for the board exams will help student develop cognitive skills and help them better prepared for various competitive exams such as NEET, NDA etc.

Silpi Sahoo, chairperson of SAI International Education Group says, “The new assessment system is comprehensive and a competency-based assessment with a rationalised syllabus.”

Responses by the students will be evaluated by the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) method that will help students with low presentation skills. “OMR is a method of acknowledging marks made by pen or pencil over a defined place on a paper. The data is read from a sheet with the help of an OMR reader”, defines Sahu.

Going against the subjective norms, objective question will help students secure maximum marks discarding their presentation skills. “In the case of objective questions, as long as the answer is correct, the student will get full marks. It’s kind of a binary method of grading.”


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