CBSE set to Reform Class X and XII Exam Pattern from 2020 Onwards

CBSE set to Reform Class X and XII Exam Pattern from 2020 Onwards 

According to reports and the media, the Central Board Secondary Education has decided to make some changes in the examination pattern of class 10 and class 12 from 2020 as part of an overhaul that would include changes in the examination schedule for vocational subjects as well as for the main subjects. Citing MHRD sources, agencies reported that the initiative of this pattern change is being taken to discourage students from rote learning.

Some major changes expected to be introduced in the new CBSE exam pattern 2020 are:

  • Question papers to be designed to check the problem-solving and analytical thinking of students
  • Paper pattern to be revamped to include more short answer-type questions like those ranging from 1 to 5 marks
  • Vocational course exams to be held in February, and the final board exams to conclude by March “in around 15 days,” as per a senior official
  • Following the early wrapping up of boards, the results are likely to be declared earlier than the schedule followed in the current structure.

Additionally, the board is also contemplating the introduction of new bylaws to simplify and shorten the affiliation process. According to these bylaws, the focus during affiliation/renewal decisions will be on the academic quality of institutions such as the quality of teachers, learning outcomes, and pedagogy. Also, the evaluation of school facilities will be done by the directorates of school education, and CBSE will depend on the report submitted by these directorates.

Furthermore, the new plan proposes  that the exams for vocational subjects, which are significantly lower in number will be conducted in February, while the exams for Non Vocational subjects would be wrapped up in 15 days in March itself, thereby speeding up the process for declaration of results. However, the ministry officials mentioned that the proposals were still at the discussion stage and “nothing has been crystallized so far”.