The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released details related to Open Text-Based Assessment (OTBA) which is to be held for Class XI students. The details are out for the open book examination subjects - Geography, Biology and Economics. The OTBA will account 10 marks.
The Final examinations that occur annually in these subjects are to be held same as the previous year pattern. The question papers are to be framed by teachers in their respective subjects as per the prescribed CBSE syllabus and question paper format set by CBSE.
OTBA section of extra 10 marks will be included in the regular question paper only. The extra OTBA section is to be attempted by using the open text materials provided by the Board.
The OTBA questions will be supplied by the CBSE in February/March 2014, by means of Integrated Test Management System (ITMS).
OTBA is to held only for Class IX and XI, to be conducted in School’s final exams that held in March. For all main subjects as English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and Social Science of class IX, the OTBA study material has been released.
While, For Class XI the OTBA study material is released for subjects - Geography, Economics and Biology only, these are the only subjects OTBA is to be conducted in class XI.
The OTBA will have question to be answered from the provided texts only. The questions would be on the basis of article/ report/ case study and students might need to draw inferences/conclusions from the provided text material.
The question would be open ended, extrapolative, inferential, based on justifying a viewpoint.
CBSE will offer 30 minutes extra to students to attempt OTBA.