The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is reportedly planning to overhaul the exam pattern of Class X and XII exams 2020 onwards. According to a Times of India report, the board will also hold tests of vocational subjects in February each year. The overall idea behind this change is to give some more time for exam paper evaluation and the results of these tests will also be declared earlier. The initiatives are also aimed at reducing the scope of rote learning and testing students on their analytical skills. According to an official of the Human Resource and Development Ministry, the new pattern will stress on measuring the critical thinking abilities of students.
“The questions will be more in the nature of problem-solving. There will be short questions (between 1 to 5 marks). The stress would be on probing the critical thinking abilities of students and test actual learning outcomes rather than allow students to score high marks by virtue of rote,” the official was quoted as saying by TOI.
The CBSE is also planning to conduct Board exams in two part i.e. vocational and non-vocational subjects. According to the official, the board is planning to conduct exams for vocational subjects in February as the number of students here is significantly lower. This will help the board in completing all exams in March itself, which will eventually give more time for evaluation of exam papers. The new bylaws have been submitted to the Ministry for approval.
Meanwhile, CBSE has decided to completely bar students who appear late in the board examinations (Class 10 and Class 12) from next year. According to the new rule of the CBSE, all candidates will have to be seated by 10.15 am. At present, the official entry time at the exam centers begins at 9.30am and distribution of question papers starts at 10.15am while 15 minutes are given for reading it. Although the exam starts at 10.30am, students, till this year exams, were allowed 'late entry' till 11 am and 'emergency entry' till 11.15am.