The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) planning to revise the question paper pattern of Class X and XII exams from 2020. The board is planning to revamp the exam pattern and planning to conduct the vocational subject tests in February; and declaration of results will as well be done early. CBSE is planning to revamp the examination pattern in such a way that students’ analytical abilities must improve in spite of the scope of rote learning.
“The questions will be more in the nature of problem-solving. There will be more short questions (between 1 to 5 marks). The stress would be on probing the critical thinking abilities of students and test actual learning outcomes rather than allow students to score high marks by virtue of rote,” said a senior HRD ministry official, who did not wish to be named.
CBSE Class X, XII Exam Pattern To Be Revised From 2020
The CBSE board has submitted the new “CBSE bylaws” to the education ministry approval. After the approval, the revamped examination pattern for all the CBSE affiliated schools will be applicable. CBSE is also planning to get focused to the checking of academic quality of education in affiliated schools. For this the frequent inspections will be held on various schools to observe various aspects.
“The proposals will take another three-four months to crystallise. However, the board is already working toward the changes in the pattern of questions from 2020,” said the official.
The board is additionally taking a look at finishing all exams in March itself to declare the results earlier. For that, as indicated by MHRD sources, CBSE is probably going to plan the Board exams in two sections — vocational and non-vocational subjects.
“The exams for vocational subjects, where the number of students is significantly lower, can be conducted in February so that the exams for other subjects can be completed in around 15 days in the month of March,” the official said.
Ministry officials said that the proposals regards examination schedule were still at the discussion stage and “nothing has been crystallised so far”.
CBSE is also looking to change its bylaws that will affect the principles of affiliation for schools. The proposed bylaws will lay more accentuation on the academic quality of schools, such as, the quality of teachers, learning results and teaching method. The board won’t lead any investigation of the school’s physical framework, for which it will rely upon reports of the directorates of instruction/school training branches of individual states which offer affiliation to schools.
“State governments and other agencies conduct inspections during the process of granting of recognition to schools. To repeat the same would be a waste of time and resources,” the official said.
“Instead, CBSE will put to use its resources in measuring the academic quality,” the official added.