The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a slew of new changes to the exam pattern of the upcoming CBSE Board Exam 2020.
The changes have received a lukewarm response from students, parents and academicians alike. With the introduction of these changes, the board intends to make the evaluation process more student-friendly. The key changes introduced by the board have been explained in detail below
Objective Type Questions
CBSE has announced an increase in the number of objective type questions in the board exam. The initiative aims to promote a thorough understanding of the lessons amongst students whilst helping them move away from memorized learning. Along with this, the provision for the increase in the internal choices for the students within the question papers has also been introduced (33% questions to have internal choices for students)
Reduced Exam Paper Length
Furthermore, CBSE officials have also stated that they would be moving away from the current practice of designing lengthy exam papers which usually require a lot of time to answer. Going forward, the students will be answering only 12 questions as opposed to 19 in the previous year exam papers. This will help in reducing the stress of the students while answering the exam papers. Instead, it will enable them to focus on solving the given questions with answers that are application based in nature.
Practical and Internal Assessment
The board has defined Experiential Learning as a key theme for the current 2019-20 academic year. In simple terms, experiential learning is the process of ‘learning by doing’ and is a crucial input for the promotion of practice exposure and understanding of subjects. Some of the key changes proposed include conduction of curricular activities in the schools for students to connect their lives and learning with it.
With an aim to curb rote learning, CBSE will introduce internal assessment for all subjects for Class 10 Board exams. The practical exam marks could range from anywhere between 30 to 70 depending upon the subject while the internal assessment will be for a total of 20 marks.
Two Mathematics Exam Formats
CBSE has also introduced two levels of Mathematics Exams for Class 10 students from Board Exam 2020 onwards. The subject syllabus options have been classified on the basis of difficulty levels. This enables the students to choose what they would like to study. The current syllabus has been labeled as ‘standard’ while an alternate, easier version known as Mathematics ‘basic’ has also been introduced. The students who opt for the basic course though, won’t be able to pursue any higher education course pertaining to maths or science.