CBSE Class 10 Board Exam Pattern 2021-2022: Rationalised Syllabus, Assessment Criteria, Question Paper Format & Latest Updates

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the two-exam policy for Board Classes. The current academic year will be divided into two terms. Board exams will be conducted at the end of each term. Check the whole information and important resources to prepare the right study plan for CBSE Class 10 Board Exams 2021-2022.

Created On: Jul 24, 2021 15:19 IST
CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2021-2022
CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2021-2022

CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2021-2022: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a new assessment scheme for Class 10 students for the current academic year 2021-2022. According to the new exam policy, the whole academic year will be divided into two terms and the board will conduct two exams, one at the end of each term.

Now, the students of CBSE Class 10 need to understand the changes made to academic terms, syllabi, examination schedule and paper pattern for Board Exam 2021-2022. Let us discuss some important points for clear information and start the smart preparations for Term 1 and Term 2 Exams.

Check CBSE Class 10 Rationalised Syllabus 2021-2022 for Term 1 & Term 2 (Subject-wise PDF)

Rationalised Syllabus for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2021-2022

• The CBSE may not eliminate any portion of the Class 10 Syllabus that was released in March 2021.

• However, the board will release the rationalised syllabus for Term 1 and Term 2 based on which the exams will be conducted at the end of each term.

• Students will have to study 50-50 percent syllabus for both terms.

• Board will conduct the CBSE Class 10 Board Exams at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus only.

Check: CBSE Class 10 Syllabus 2021-2022 (Combined for Term 1 & Term 2)

Evaluation Criteria for Term 1 & Term 2

• Unlike the previous years, there will be no annual exam or the year-end exam.

• The current assessment scheme is similar to the semester-based system.

• Two separate exams will be held at the end of each Term, 1 and 2.

• Results of both exams will contribute to the final score of a student.

• Marks of Internal Assessment will be considered for calculating the overall scores in the similar manner as was done in the previous years.

• Board may release new guidelines to bring transparency in the whole process of internal assessment conducted by the schools.

According to the Board's circular, “efforts will be made to make internal assessment/ practical/ project work more credible and valid as per the guidelines and Moderation Policy to be announced by the Board to ensure fair distribution of marks”.

Pattern of Term 1 & Term 2 Exams and Question Paper Format

CBSE Class10 Term 1 Board Exam 2021-2022

Objective Type Exam: Question paper will have multiple choice questions (MCQ) including case-based MCQs and MCQs on assertion-reasoning type.

Max. Marks: 50

Exam duration: 90 minutes

Question papers will be based on approximately 50% of the entire syllabus.

CBSE Class10 Term 2 Board Exam 2021-2022

Descriptive Type Exam: Question paper will have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type).

Max. Marks: 50

Exam duration: 2 hours

Question papers will be based on the remaining 50% syllabus.

Students ALERT: The Board has pre decided an alternative assessment policy for Term 2. In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination at the end of Term 2 then a 90-minute MCQ based exam will be conducted similar to the Term 1 Exam.

Schedule for Term 1 and Term 2 Exams

•CBSE Class 10 Term 1 Exam will be held in November-December 2021

• CBSE Class 10 Term 2 Exam will be organised in March-April 2022.

• Flexible schedule will be followed for Term 1 exams with a window period of 4-8 weeks for all CBSE affiliated schools across the country and abroad.

• The question papers for Term 1 exams will be prepared by CBSE itself and sent to schools along with the marking scheme.

• The exams will be conducted at schools under the supervision of the superintendents and observers appointed by CBSE. 

• Term 2 exams will be held at examination centres fixed by the Board.

Internal Assessment Scheme for Academic Year 2021-2022

CBSE Class10 students will have to go through the internal assessment throughout the year “irrespective of Term I and II”.

The criteria of internal assessment is kept the same. It will include the following different activities:

➤ Three periodic tests

➤ Subject enrichment activities

➤ Portfolio

➤ Practical work (for selective subjects)

➤ Speaking listening activities (for language subjects)

➤ Project work

Alternatives for Term 1  and Term 2 Exam for worst-case scenarios

In order to avoid any inconvenience in the evaluation process in the current academic session for CBSE Class 10, the board has drawn up four possible situations of evaluation. These are:

(i) In case both the term-end exams are conducted successfully at schools/centres then the final theory marks will be distributed equally between the two exams.

(ii) In case the pandemic forces a complete closure of schools during November-December 2021 and the Term 1 exams are not held in schools but the Term II exams are held successfully at CBSE centres, then the Term I exams will be conducted in online or offline mode from the residence of the students.

In this case, the weightage of Term 1 exam for the final score would be reduced, and weightage of Term 2 exams will be increased for declaration of the CBSE Class 10 Final Result.

(iii) In an opposite situation, where the Term 1 exams are held physically but Term II exams are not, the results will be based on the performance of students in Term 1 exams and internal assessments.

(iv) In case both the term-end exams are not conducted at schools/centres then the CBSE Class 10 Results 2021-2022 will be computed on the basis of the internal assessment/practical/project work and theory marks of Term-I and II exams taken by the candidate from home.

CBSE Class 10 students must take the help of the following resources to deal with the pressure of the new assessment policy and perform successfully in their CBSE Class 10 Term 1 and Term 2 Exam 2021-2022:

CBSE Class 10 Maths Important MCQs for All Chapters

CBSE Class 10 Science Important MCQs for All Chapters

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Important MCQs for All Chapters

CBSE Class 10 Complete Study Material for Term 1 & Term 2

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  • Shravan KumarJul 17, 2021
    Please, launch syllabus because we are preparing the board exam.
  • palak pandeyJul 15, 2021
    please do launch the syllabus . so that we will be able to prepare of our upcoming boards.
  • Anish RJul 14, 2021
    when will the syllabus be announced
  • Pushpa SJul 12, 2021
    What about Kannada subject Sir
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