The guideline stipulates that Term 1 contains objective questions of type MCQ (out of 90 points), while Term II contains only subjective questions (out of 120 points). There will be no overlap in curricula and the final grades will be based on student performance on both exams, for which both will be weighted equally, except in the case of school closings where the weight will be reduced.
Dividing the curriculum into two parts
You have successfully cast your vote
“The assessment guideline was created with the ongoing pandemic in mind, for which the board would not need to ask schools to prepare the various documents, details and data in fire fighting mode. It was decided to conduct the exam in two parts so that there is at least one exam date at the CBSE on the basis of which the results can be explained in unforeseen situations. Since many students cannot focus on their studies during the pandemic, the two-part exams also make them more serious about their academics. However, online teaching may not be the perfect form of knowledge acquisition, and overwhelming students with the entire curriculum would mean placing them under excessive stress, ”says Sanyam Bharadwaj, exam director
In order to relieve the academic burden, the board decided to streamline the curriculum and split it into two parts, according to which the subjects in both exams are not repeated, but given continuity and a logical course.
Regarding the objective and subjective questioning patterns of the two exams, which are intended to test the students’ critical thinking, Bharadwaj points out that one tries to give both the same weighting, either in the form of grades or the number of questions. “All kinds of permutations and combinations are worked out, for which the weighting also depends on the prevailing pandemic situation, as the test approaches, in order to avoid ad hoc agreements like in the board meeting 2020-2021,” says Bharadwaj .
As the questionnaires for both Term 1 and Term II exams are provided by the Board, the CBSE Academic Department uploads the sample questionnaires to their website every day from mid-July to help teachers orientate students to support the question pattern.
Why the board decided to give the schools flexibility for the Term 1 exam planned for November-December with a time window of 4-8 weeks, Bharadwaj justified the decision by pointing out that there will be the middle of the semester exam and that schools can change the curriculum may not complete by then; in addition, states must not allow schools to be reopened prematurely. By the time the Term II exams go through in March-April, the country is believed to be relatively safe as the government strives to complete the vaccination process by December, he says.
Network connectivity required
Students’ answers for both exams are recorded on OMR sheets which, after being scanned, are uploaded directly to the CBSE portal or uploaded by the school on the same day. “This requires an internet connection, which the schools are well equipped for, as they already upload student login details and internal assessment grades for the boards,” explains Bhardwaj.
Not an option online
Whether online exams will be a viable option in this pandemic-stricken session modeled on JEE, Bharadwaj explains that the system can only work for a few schools and students and not when around 24-25 lakh students show up for class X boards and almost 14-15 lakh students for grade XII boards. “There is no system with which we can conduct the exams online, even in one day. Even the subjects vary so much more between 5-7, which rules out this possibility for all candidates down the line. ”
Will reduce the academic burden
Regarding the board’s new grading plan, Shubhangi More, director of the KLE School, Dharwad said, “Learning will be more effective if we break the board exam into shorter sections and grade accordingly. In addition to alleviating student anxiety and stress, changing the curriculum and assessments will contribute to desirable learning outcomes with better knowledge assimilation and learning. ”
Alka Kapur, Headmistress of Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, agrees. “The curriculum for the academic session is divided into two semesters, following a systematic approach with around 50% in each semester. This division will contribute to better conceptual learning and will also benefit students during their competitive exams. It will address the needs of students who do not have the right resources for effective learning on the virtual platform, while relieving the pressure on students of studying a whole book at the end of the year. ”
Regarding Term II and the board’s decision to create a subjective question paper in various formats, More believes that the question paper can include questions of various formats to test critical thinking skills, higher order thinking skills (HOTS), and application-based knowledge. Such questions are more helpful in analyzing students’ competencies than in evaluating facts. ”
By and large, Covid-19, she says, has helped us understand needs of individual students rather than overall needs. “It gave us the opportunity to examine diversity, equity and inclusion in our evaluation activities. I hope this remains a trend and part of our review culture, ”added More.
Study Books ( प्रतियोगिताओ की तैयारी के लिए किताबे )
- Bestselling books for competitive exams (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
- Book for Upcoming competitive exams (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
- New releases in Exam prep books (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
- Shop by competitive exams (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
- Great Deals on Exam books (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
- Best buys competitive exams, maximum savings (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
- Buy Study Materials (यहाँ खरीदें) : Click Here
Important Notice ( महत्वपूर्ण निर्देश )
- Please always check official website before apply.
- कृपया आवेदन से पहले महत्वपूर्ण लिंक्स पर उपलब्ध अधिकारिक वेबसाइट के निर्देशों को ज़रूर पढ़ें )