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CBSE Class 9 Science Examination Pattern 2018

Jan 12, 2018 15:28 IST
    CBSE Class 9 Science Exam Pattern
    CBSE Class 9 Science Exam Pattern

    This year in CBSE Class 9 Science Exam, students will have to face a completely different format as compared to that in the previous years. Board has introduced this new format in consecuence of the replacement of dual assessment scheme by  the annual examination in class 9.

    This year students’ performance will be assessed by conducting an annual exam only which will cover the complete syllabus of class 9. Therefore, it’s essential for students to get familarised with the new examination pattern bfore thay actually appear for the final exam.

    CBSE Class 9 Science Syllabus 2017-2018

    Here, we are providing the latest examination pattern for CBSE Class 9 Science, to give a preview of the exam structure that students will see in the CBSE class 9 annual exams 2018. It will help students make an appropriate preparation strategy and write a perfect exam to score optimum marks.

    CBSE Class 9 Science Examination Pattern is as follows:

    This year CBSE class 9 Science question paper will be conducted for 80 marks covering 100% syllabus. The remaining 20 marks are alloted to internal assessment (IA) which will be added while calculating the overall grade.

     Internal Assessment will be conducted as per the following marks distribution:

    Internal Assessment

    20 Marks

    Periodical Test  (Average of three periodic tests)      

    10 Marks

    Note Book Submission

    05 Marks

    Lab Practical (Lab activities to be done from the prescribed books)

    05 Marks

    While preparing for the Science exam, students should know the worth of each unit.

    CBSE Class 9 Science Unit-Wise Weightage

    Unit No.

    Unit Name



    Matter - Its Nature and Behaviour



    Organisation in the Living World



    Motion, Force and Work



    Our Environment



    Food; Food Production






    Internal assessment



    Grand Total


    Note: Out of 80 marks annual examination, 68 marks weightage shall be for theory and 12 marks weightage shall be for practical based questions.

    CBSE Class 9 Science Question Paper format is given below:

    • The question paper will comprise of a total of 27 questions divided into two sections, A and B.
    • Question numbers 1 and 2 in Section-A will be asked for one mark each.
    • Question numbers 3 to 5 in Section- A will be asked for two marks each.
    • Question numbers 6 to 15 in Section-A will be asked for three marks each.
    • Question numbers 16 to 21 in Section-A will be asked for 5 marks each.
    • Question numbers 22 to 27 in Section- B will be all practical based questions carrying 2 marks each . 

    CBSE Class 9 Science Solved Practice Paper 2017-2018: Set-I

    CBSE Class 9 Science Questions Paper Design will be as follows:

    Class – IX

    Science (Code No. 086)    

    Time : 3 Hours                                                                                               Max. Marks : 80

    Typology of Questions

    Number of questions of different types

    Total Marks

    Remembering (Knowledge based-

    Simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles or theories; Identify, define, or recite, information)

    VSA – 2


    SA (I) - None

    SA (II) – 1

    LA – 1

    Understanding (Comprehension- to be familiar with meaning and to understand conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase, or interpret information)

    VSA – None


    SA (I) – 1

    SA (II) – 4

    LA – 2

    Application (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situation; Use given content, interpret a situation, provide an example, or solve a problem)

    VSA – None


    SA (I) – 1

    SA (II) – 2

    LA – 2

    Higher Order Thinking Skills

    (Analysis & Synthesis-Classify,compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information; Organize and /or integrate unique pieces of information

    from  variety of sources)

    VSA - None


    SA (I) – None

    SA (II) – 1

    LA – 1

    Inferential and Evaluative

    (Appraise, judge and / or justify

    the value or worth of a decision or

    outcome, or to predict outcomes

    based on values)

    VSA – None


    SA (I) – 1

    SA (II) – 1+1*

    LA -None

    Total (Theory Based Questions)



    Practical Based Questions (PBQs)

    Only SA(I)-6





    Abbreviations used are:

    VSA: Very Short Answer (1 Mark)

    SA (I): Short Answer –I (2 Marks)

    SA (II): Short Answer –II (3 Marks)

    LA (I): Long Answer (5 Marks)

    This CBSE Class 9 Science examination pattern has been designed as per the instructions provided in Class 9 Science syllabus and the sample papers released for CBSE class 10 Science. As, the course structure of class 9 has been designed in line with that of class 10, therefore the examination pattern and question paper structure will also be almost similar to class 10 Science paper.

    Students are advised to go through the exam pattern given here, as it will surely help to grab the best scores in the CBSE class 9 Science annual exam 2018.

    CBSE Class 9 Science Solved Practice Paper 2017-2018: Set-II

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