CBSE Changes pattern in class X and XII from 2020

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to revamp the exam pattern in 2020 for classes X, XII.
With the sole purpose of making education more relevant and job-oriented, CBSE is going to introduce certain significant changes in the examination- pattern concerning classes X and XII. These changes, which will also be reflected in the sample papers to be uploaded on the CBSE website for the year 2020, aim at resuscitating the teaching-learning system, which is otherwise in danger of becoming unimaginative and irrelevant.
To underscore the significance of vocational courses, CBSE has decided to hold the exams of vocational subjects in February. The exams will not only ensure that vocational education is taken seriously, but the results will also help the Board in judging the efficacy of these courses.
To rid the education system of rote-learning, the question-pattern will undergo certain key changes which are as follows-

  • The questions will be more problem-solving in nature- This will test students’ analytical skills and critical thinking.
  • Increase in the number of short-answer questions (1-5 marks)- This will enable students to be more precise in answering the questions, and the questions will not be unnecessarily time-consuming.

The entire examination-process will be accelerated so that more time may be devoted to paper evaluation and implementation of corrective measures. To achieve this acceleration, main subject exams will end by March and the results will be declared without undue delay.
Among other changes, the Board is reported to have submitted new bylaws, which argue for simplified affiliation processes. These bylaws, yet to be approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, argue for the prioritization of academic quality of institutions seeking affiliation or renewal.
While the bylaws may take time to get approved, the Board has already started the work on the changes in question-pattern for immediate and effective implementation.

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