The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a direction to all the affiliated schools to provide 15 minutes more time to students of class 9 and 11 who are going to write exams under the new Open Text-Based Assessment (OTBA) examination system.
A circular available at the CBSE’s site says, “schools are directed to give time of 3 to 3.5 hours to the examinees in each of the subjects where open text based assessment has been introduced. This time will be in addition to the 15 minutes allotted to read the question paper”.
Under the new examination system, class 9 students are to write their English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science papers while the students of class 11 will have to follow OTBA only for Geography, Economics and Biology subjects.
For OTBA exams, students will be provided with a set of study material four months prior of the examination. This material will also be printed as part of the question paper and all questions in the examination will be based on it.