In a significant development, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Odisha has made major changes in the examination pattern of the matriculation examination. According to reports, students will now have to appear for four sets of objective questions papers - all the sets will be different but the difficulty level will remain same - and they will have to secure at least 15 marks each in both subjective and objective papers in order to pass in a subject. Students appearing in the exam will have to mark the answer in OMR sheets.
The step has been taken to test reasoning, logical, analytical and decision-making ability of the students. Jahanara Begum, president of the board, said that the patter of subjective paper will remain unchanged. The changes will be applicable from 2018-19 academic sessions.“The class IX students will appear the examination as per the new examination pattern that will be introduced in 2020. Though the students will appear the examination (50 percent objective and 50 percent subjective type), there will be no OMR sheet or multiple choice questions,” Begum was quoted as saying by a news website.
However, answer on OMR sheets will continue for the current year. She said that changes have been made considering the deteriorating standard of students in comparison to other boards. According to reports, the state government has also formed a committee to recommend reforms in the exam pattern and evaluation system of the matriculation examination.