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CBSE New Assessment Scheme: Board to Conduct Two Terms with Reduced Syllabus in 2021-22

6 July, 2021

CBSE New Assessment Scheme

By Asmita Kundu

The Central Board of Secondary Education, or CBSE, has announced a revamped evaluation scheme in which students will be assessed on the basis of two exams rather than one annual exam at the end of the year. The board has come up with a Special Scheme of Assessment. They have proposed altered paper patterns and syllabus, splitting the assessment into Term I and Term II. This approach will be adopted for the 2022 Board Examinations for Classes 10 and 12.

CBSE New Assessment Scheme: Board to Conduct Two Terms with Reduced Syllabus in 2021-22

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Term I and Term II examinations will be held in the time period of November-December and March-April, respectively. The question papers would be centralised and shared by the Board for both terms. The term I will consist of an objective MCQ-based paper with an OMR sheet, whereas Term II will consist of a straightforward subjective paper. However, if circumstances do not permit, Term II will likewise be an MCQ-based examination. The ultimate score would be calculated using both terms' marks.

The board has proposed a more coherent and detailed evaluation scheme in addition to rationalising the CBSE 10th and 12th Board Exam 2021 syllabus. The system is set up in such a way that students are evaluated throughout the year. The following are the main key points of the Special Assessment Scheme that the CBSE students and parents must keep in mind.

CBSE Special Scheme of Assessment for 2022 Board Exams

  • CBSE Class 10th and 12th board students would be evaluated throughout the year.

  • There will be two terms - Term 1 and Term 2, which would be used to assess the students. The complete syllabus would be split 50/50 between the two terms.

  • MCQ-based 90-minute papers with OMR-based answer sheets would be given in Term 1; Term II would be a 2-hour subjective paper. However, in the event that the scenario does not permit, Term II will be conducted in MCQ format, with CBSE providing question papers for both Term I and Term II.

  • Term I will take place in November/December, while Term II will take place in March/April.

  • If the Board exams are cancelled or the school is closed, CBSE will calculate the final score using the marks earned by students in Term I or Term II.

  • For students, the internal assessment would be crucial. Internal Assessment for Classes IX-X would include the three periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio, and practical work/speaking listening activities/project (through the year, regardless of Term I and II).

  • Internal Assessment (through the year, regardless of Term I and II) for Classes XI-XII would include end of subject or unit assessments, exploratory activities, practicals, and projects.

  • The board would offer a flexible timetable spanning 4 to 8 weeks in November and December 2021 for the Term I Exam. These exams can be given in person or online.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) will be included in the Term I Question Paper. The exam would be 90 minutes long rather than three hours long, and it would only cover half of the prescribed course.

  • The CBSE will provide schools with question papers for both Terms I and II, as well as a proper grading scheme.

The board will rationalise the CBSE 10th and 12th Board Exam Syllabus for 2022. The crucial thing to remember is that the students must maintain a consistent level of performance throughout the year. Clarification on March/April exams, in the event that schools are closed during that time, is awaited.

Meanwhile, the CBSE is preparing the Class 12 Board Results 2021 as the final board exams were postponed. The new assessment scheme is a precautionary measure adopted by the board to avoid a situation similar to this year's quandary.