CBSE Board Exam 2020: 2 Versions of Maths Paper for Class 10 - Standard & Basic Level! Check Details

Mathematics – Standard or Mathematics – Basic, students of CBSE Class 10th will have the option to opt for any one of the two versions of Maths question paper in CBSE Board Exams 2020. Check complete details.

Created On: Jan 14, 2019 10:47 IST
CBSe Board Exam 2020
CBSe Board Exam 2020

Good news for students who are going to appear for CBSE 10th Board Exam in 2020. Mathematics – Standard or Mathematics – Basic, students of CBSE Class 10th will have the option to opt for any one of the two versions of Maths question paper in CBSE Board Exams 2020. CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the Board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards. One will be known as Mathematics - Standard for the existing level of examination, and the other will be known as Mathematics - Basic for the easier level of the exam (for students who do not want to study Maths in future). Complete details and answers of important frequently asked questions from the official circular are available here.

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Mathematics – Standard:  For the existing level of examination.

Mathematics – Basic: For the easier level of examination

The Standard level will be meant for students who wish to opt for Mathematics at Senior Secondary level and the Basic level would be for students not keen to pursue Mathematics at higher levels.

No difference in the syllabus:

As per the official circular, “the syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels of examination would remain the same; so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and are able to decide upon the level of Board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities.”

Not applicable to the internal assessment in CBSE Class 10

The two levels of Examination will be held in the subject of Mathematics in CBSE Board Exams 2020 of Class 10 and the same shall not be applicable to the internal assessment in class 10.

Not applicable for CBSE Class 9

There shall not be two levels of Assessment/Examination for class IX.

Procedure to opt for the paper

A student will have the right to choose between the two levels of Examination at the time of submission of List of Candidates (LoC) by the affiliated school to the Board online.

What if a student fails in the exam?

In  case  student fails  at  any  level  of  Mathematics,  he/she  can  appear  at  the compartment examination as per norms of the Board according to the options given below:

Failed in

Compartment options

Mathematics -Basic



Mathematics Standard or Mathematics- Basic

Answers of important frequently asked questions:

Question: What is the difference between the Standard Level and Basic Level of Mathematics in CBSE Class 10 Board Exams 2020?


The existing Mathematics examination is the Standard Level Examination.

Standard-Level and Basic-level Question papers shall be based on the same syllabus.  However, the Standard-Level Mathematics assesses higher Mathematical abilities compared to Basic-Level.  Accordingly, the difficulty level of the Mathematics – ‘Basic’ is less than that of Mathematics-‘Standard’.

Question: Is CBSE increasing the burden on the child by introducing the concept of two Levels of Exams in Mathematics?


 No,  because  the option  to  pick  either  Level  is  with  the student.   Further, the syllabus prescribed by CBSE will remain the same for both the levels.

Question:  Will this lead to dilution of Mathematics syllabus/teaching?


No, the idea is to make the evaluation more students centric and reduce the pressure on the student who doesn’t want to pursue Mathematics after class 10.

Question: Can a student opt for both Standard Level and Basic Level Exams?


No. There is only one option, either Mathematics-Standard or Mathematics-Basic.

Question: To continue Mathematics as a subject in class 11/12 and further, which Level Exam does a student need to pass?


Mathematics - Standard is to be passed at class X, for taking up Mathematics at Senior Secondary level.

Question: If a student qualifies only the Mathematics-Basics in class X, can he/she opt for Mathematics in class 11/12?


No. If he/she intends to take Mathematics in class 11/12, he/she has to pass Mathematics-Standard.

Question: If a student has registered for the Basic Level Exam but wishes to appear for the Standard Level after declaration of result, can he/she do so?


Yes.  One can appear in the Standard Level at the Compartment examination, if one wishes to do so after passing the Basic Mathematics Examination.

Question: How I can get the CBSE Sample Papers and question paper designs of Standard Level and Basics level Mathematics papers?


CBSE Sample papers and Blue Print based on the curriculum for 2019-20 will be made available on: in due course of time.

Important resources for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam preparation:

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