CBSE Board Exam: Following the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to make some more changes to the classes 9th to 12th examinations for the 2021 - 2022 academic session. In the next sessions, there will be more competency-based questions. Also, there will be questions that evaluate the application of concepts in real-life or unfamiliar situations. Such questions will be part of the question papers of classes 10th, 12th board exams and classes 9th and 11th final exams.
CBSE New Paper Pattern
For classes 9th and 10th, the CBSE has decided to add a minimum of 30 percent competency-based questions in form of Multiple Choice questions (MCQs), case-based questions, source base integrated questions, etc. 20 percent of the questions will be objective type and the remaining 50 percent will be short and long answer type questions, as per the existing pattern.
For classes 11th and 12th, there will be 20 percent competency-based questions, 20 percent objective type questions and the remaining 60 percent will be short and long answer type questions. However, there will be no change in the overall marking and time duration.
Earlier, in March 2021, CBSE issued sample question papers and syllabus for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. Students can check these sample questions to understand the pattern of the competency-based questions. Last year also, CBSE slashed syllabi of the senior classes by 30 percent, in a bid to make up for the academic loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the curriculum for 2021-22, those deleted chapters have been restored.
About National Education Policy:
The National Education Policy (NEP) aims to provide students with the ability to solve problems. The Board said, assessments should focus more on the learning and development of students, test higher-order skills such as analysis, critical thinking, and conceptual clarity, rather than testing their ability to memorise.