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Assessment for Board Examination Classes X and XII

CBSE New Assessment For Classes X and XII

Due to COVID-19 CBSE announce new assessment for Board Examination Classes X and XII. The COVID 19 global pandemic has made almost all CBSE schools operate in a virtual mode for most of the academic sessions of 2020-21. Due to the extreme risk associated with the conduct of Board examinations during the second wave in April 2021, CBSE had to cancel both its class X and XII Board examinations of the year 2021 and results are to be declared based on a credible, reliable, flexible and valid alternative assessment policy.

This, in turn, also compelled considerations over alternative ways to look at the learning objectives as well as the conduct of the Board Examinations for the academic session 2021-22 in case the situation remains unfeasible.

CBSE has conducted stakeholder consultations with Government schools as well as private independent schools from across the country especially schools from the remote rural areas and a majority of them have requested for the rationalization of the syllabus, similar to last year given reduced time permitted for organizing online classes.

The Board has also considered the concerns regarding the difference in availability of electronic gadgets, connectivity and effectiveness of online teaching, and other socio-economic issues especially concerning students from economically weaker sections and those residing in far-flung areas of the country.

As per the survey conducted by CBSE, it became known that the rationalized syllabus notified for the session 2020-21 was effective for schools in covering the syllabus and helped learners in achieving learning objectives in a less stressful manner. In the above backdrop and in line with the Board’s continued focus on assessing stipulated learning outcomes by making the examinations competencies and core concepts based, student-centric, transparent, technology-driven, and having advance provision of alternatives for different future scenarios, the following schemes are introduced for the Academic Session for Class X and Class XII 2021- 22.

Below are important points to be noted by Classes X and XII students:-

1. Syllabus will be rationalized by July end.

2. Syllabus will be divided in two terms.

3. Students to sit for examination under the supervision of board observer in term 1 and 2.

4. Term 1 will be objective type; term 2 may be objective or descriptive depending upon the pandemic situation.

5. Schools needs to keep records/ evidence.

6. Projects/ practical will be conducted in more authentic way.

Also please note Assessment for Board Examination Classes X and XII:

  • Academic session will be divided into 2 Terms with approximately 50% Syllabus in each term.
  •  The syllabus for the Board examination 2021-22 will be rationalizedClasses IX-X: Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include the 3 periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio and practical work/ speaking listening activities/ project.
  •  Classes XI-XII: Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include end of topic or unit tests/ exploratory activities/ practical/ projects.
  • CBSE will facilitate schools to upload marks of Internal Assessment on the CBSE IT platform.
  • The Board will organize Term I Examination in a flexible schedule to be conducted between November-December 2021
  • The Question Paper will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) including case-based MCQs and MCQs on assertion-reasoning type. Duration of test will be 90 minutes and it will cover only the rationalized syllabus of Term I only (i.e. approx. 50% of the entire syllabus)
  • Question Papers will be sent by the CBSE to schools along with marking scheme.
  • The Board would organize Term II or year-end Examination based on the rationalized syllabus of Term II only (i.e. approximately 50% of the entire syllabus).
  • This examination would be held around March-April 2022.
  • The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type).
  • In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination a 90 minute MCQ based exam will be conducted at the end of the Term II also.

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