CBSE 12th English 2019: Paper Analysis, Review & CBSE's Response on Controversies

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Created On: Mar 8, 2019 17:12 IST

Check CBSE 12th English Paper analysis & review. CBSE conducted Class 12th English Board exam 2019 today (i.e., March 2, 2019) from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Class 12 Students of CBSE board having English [English Core (301), English Elective – C (101) & English Elective ‒ N (001)] as one of their subjects appeared for the paper with nervousness. For many students of Class 12, this was the first board exam of this session. As per the updates, gates of examination centers were closed at 10:00 AM. The question papers were distributed to students between 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM. The time allotted to read the complete question paper was 15 minutes i.e. from 10:15 AM to 10:30 AM. The examination began at 10:30 AM and continued till 1:30 PM. The examination was conducted smoothly by CBSE without any unwanted incidents. A complete analysis and reviews of the complete CBSE Class 12 English (Core) paper are given below. (You can also watch live video from this link)

Download Question Paper of CBSE 12th English Board Exam 2019

Examination Pattern of the Paper (CBSE 12th English Core):

CBSE Class 12 English (Core) paper carried a total of 100 marks, was divided into three sections: Section A, B & Section C.

Section A: (Reading Section): 30 Marks

Section B: (Writing Skills): 30 Marks

Section C: (Literature: Textbook and Long Reading Text): 40 Marks

All sections were compulsory and students needed to attempt all the sections. There was no overall choice in the question paper however internal choices were present in some questions. Besides general instructions, separate instructions were provided in some sections and questions.

Main points from the feedback of the students:

• Paper was a bit lengthy

• Questions based on Novel were confusing

• Difficulty level of the question paper: easy

• Paper was easier than last year

• All the questions in the paper were asked from the latest CBSE 12th English syllabus

• Many students are expecting 70 marks to 80 marks


Some students (outside Delhi) complained that questions related to the Novels were not as per the set pattern. As per the pattern, the paper is set in such a way that students need to read one of the two books or novels. Students are demanding compensatory marks. Some media house reported that CBSE official accepted this fact and ensured that appropriate measures will be taken so that students should not suffer.

Official notification by CBSE


CBSE is holding Class-X and Class-XII Board Examinations for lakhs of students every year who are appearing in the examinations from about 5000 examination centres in India and in 25 countries abroad and growing every year. In case, if any anomaly is noticed after Question Paper is administered on the day of examination, it is not possible to communicate the solution of the same to all the centres. CBSE has a mechanism to address issues of anomaly in Question Papers as under: -

1. Observations are obtained from subject experts on the day of examination.

2. Observations on the Question Paper are obtained from all schools within 24 Hrs of the conduct of examination

3. Information received within 24 hours of the conduct of examination from other sources is also taken into consideration.

All observations are compiled and provided to the group preparing Marking Schemes to make the provision to address the anomaly in such a manner that students interest is protected.

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