NEW DELHI: The changed exam pattern with an increased number of “long answer” type questions has become a matter of concern for the students as well as teachers. The changes made in the Political Science paper have especially become a matter of concern for the students as they are now worried about the time-management strategies to attempt the paper.
A 12th-grade humanities student, presenting his views on the changed exam pattern said, “Earlier we were conditioned to write the 35 questions in the paper; attempting the one and two marks questions in half-an-hour. For the long questions you have to think more and write more . So it will become more difficult to finish the paper having more number of long answer type questions.”
CBSE officials have made a reference to the curriculum document online but have not issued hard copy circulars.
Vandana Chandoke, who teaches Political Science at Delhi Public School, RK Puram confirms that she has not yet received any hard copy of the circular, but has seen the changes online.
"The CBSE should be aware of the fact that every CBSE school in the country doesn't have either internet connection or reliable supply of electricity," said the principal of a prominent Central Delhi school. The principal added, "I had already told the teachers to expect some changes after the summer vacations. The former chairman of the CBSE has been requested by a group of 12 schools not to make changes mid-session irrespective of the type of changes so that the teachers can plan delivery of the lessons in advance.”
According to the changed pattern, the number of questions has been reduced from 35 to 27. Now the paper will contain 5 one-mark and 5 two-marks questions instead of 10 of each and the distribution of marks for the paper is now as follows: One mark (1 to 5); two marks (6 to 10); four marks (11 to 16); five marks (17 to 21), and six marks (22 to 27). There are no practicals or projects in the Political Science paper now. As a result, the students have understood the concept but are finding it difficult to express themselves thereby making it tough to get acclimatized to the new system.