All the students appearing for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 board exams in 2019, we have good news for you. The board is likely to give two options in the Mathematics paper to the students. The students will be able to select the type of test paper they want to answer. It could be a standard-level or a higher-level mathematics question paper. The choice will have to be made when forms for the exam are filled up later this year, the officials said. In May 2018, a report was released by the HT which had claimed that the CBSE was considering two sets of question papers for the mathematics exam.
The syllabus for the exam would remain the same, but students would be examined at two different levels so that those not keen to pursue maths for higher studies can answer a simpler question paper. The officials have added that this may start as a pilot project from March 2019 itself and, depending on its success, could be extended to the Class 12 board exams. The board has formed a 15-member committee comprising mathematics experts, and those from universities, schools and the National Council of Educational Research and Training.
“The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) document states that all subjects should be examined at two levels by the board, beginning with maths and English. It also said that students should have the choice between higher and standard level,” said a maths expert who was consulted.
A number of school boards overseas follow this exam pattern. For example, the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education has a core curriculum in each subject, which is generally within the ability range of a majority of the students. It also offers an extended curriculum that is designed for students who are more academically able. International Baccalaureate (IB) also provides this flexibility.