The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made major changes in the 10th and 12th syllabus for the academic session 2021-22. Under this, the board examinations for the batch of 2021 will be conducted in 2 parts.
CBSE said in the circular issued on Monday that the academic session of 2021-22 has been divided into two terms. 50% of the syllabus will be covered in each term. The first term exam will be held in November-December and the second term in March-April. These term exams will be of 90 minutes. Its notification will be issued this month.
Besides, the Board also announced that the syllabus for the year will be rationalised on the lines of what was done in the last academic year when the syllabus was reduced by 30%. The rationalised syllabus will be split in half across the two terms.
Final marking will be based on combined performance
The board will conduct examinations at the end of each term based on the divided syllabus. The board will prepare the question papers and send them to the schools. The process of evaluation of answer sheets will also be decided by the board itself. These examinations will be conducted under the supervision of the centre superintendent and observers sent from outside. The final mark sheet will be prepared on the basis of the marks secured by the students in the first and second terms.
Simultaneously, the internal assessment for 9th-10th will consist of 3 periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio and practical work, speaking and listening activities. The Internal Assessment for 11th-12th will consist of Topic End or Unit Tests, Research Activity, Practical Work and Project Work.
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Other directions to schools
CBSE has also asked schools to prepare student profiles. Schools will prepare student profiles and create a digital format for all the assessments done during the year. The board has said that schools will continue to teach in distance mode until offline classes are allowed.
Regarding the plan for the 10th-12th board examinations of 2022, CBSE said that efforts will be made to make internal assessment and project work more reliable and valid. Earlier, the board had also cancelled the 10th-12th examination to be held this year due to pandemic.
4 possible situations and their solutions
- If both the term exams take place at centres then theory marks will be distributed equally between both exams.
- However, if schools remain shut during Term I exams and students have to write the exams online or offline from their homes, but Term II exams take place at the centres, in such a situation,the weightage of the Term I exam for the final score would be reduced, and weightage of Term II exams will be increased for calculation of the final result.
- Similarly,if Term I exams are held in school, but Term II exams can’t be held at the centre and students take it online or offline, then the weightage of marks of Term I examination will be increased to provide final result.
- If neither of the exams can take place at centres, the results will be calculated on the basis of internal assessments, practical sand theory marks of Term I and Term II exams taken by the students from home.