The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), recently announced a new pattern for class X and Class XII board examinations in the new academic years
The revised syllabus of the CBSE 2021-22 board exams has been released. They are to be held over two terms. The board announced earlier this month a revised pattern for class XII and class X exams to avoid cancellation due to the COVID-19 crisis. Last year the same was repeated.
According to the CBSE, this was done in order to increase the likelihood of conducting classes XII and XII exams at the end of each academic session.
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The board introduced changes including a rationalized syllabus for classes IX-XII, alternate academic calendars, and inputs from NCERT on the transacting of the curriculum. An official statement stated that the board is also seeking to make the internal assessment, project and practical work more credible and valid in order to ensure fair distributions of marks for the academic year 2021-22.
The board also published a special scheme to address internal assessments, project-based work and practical. The board stated that the internal assessment would be conducted in the same way as the previous scheme, but it will be twice and each will contribute equally to the overall assessment.
Further, the board stated that schools must ensure that all students are able to access their internal assessments in a fair and reliable manner. Teachers must use evidence from students’ academic performance to evaluate their practical, project and internal assessments. Schools must provide/upload evidence of these assignments according to the instructions of the Examination Unit/Regional Office at CBSE.
The revised syllabus will require that term 1 exams have multiple-choice questions (MCQ). This includes case-based MCQs as well as MCQs of the assertion-reasoning types. The exam will last 90 minutes and cover half of the rationalized syllabus. The term two exam paper will contain case-based, situational, short-answer and long-answer type questions. It will last for two hours.