CBSE Board Exam for 2021-22 Academic Year to be Held in Two Parts, Syllabus Reduced

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced on 5 July 2021 that the Class 10 and 12 academic terms will be bifurcated, and the board exams for the 2021-22 academic year will be held in two parts. The final scores will be prepared by counting the results of both exams. The Board has taken this decision due to the COVID pandemic. Here, we have provided all the details regarding the special scheme of assessment of Classes 10th and 12th for the 2021-22 academic session that students need to know.

Special Scheme of Assessment for Class 10 and 12 Students for the Academic Session 2021-22

Almost all the CBSE Schools started functioning in a virtual mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBSE had to cancel both its class X and XII Board examinations of the year 2021 due to the extreme risk associated with the conduct of Board examinations during the second wave in April 2021. Also, the results are declared on the basis of a credible, reliable, flexible and valid alternative assessment policy. By analyzing the situation of the 2020-21 academic year, the Board looked for alternative ways for the learning objectives.

CBSE has also held stakeholder consultations with Government schools as well as with private independent schools from across the country. Most of the schools, especially schools from remote rural areas, have requested the rationalization of the CBSE Syllabus, similar to last year, in view of the reduced time permitted for organizing online classes. The Board has also considered the concerns regarding differential availability of electronic gadgets, connectivity and effectiveness of online teaching and other socio-economic issues, especially with respect to students from economically weaker sections and those residing in far-flung areas of the country. In a survey conducted by CBSE, it was revealed that the rationalized syllabus notified for the session 2020-21 was effective for schools in covering the syllabus. It has helped students in achieving learning objectives in a less stressful manner.

In line with the Board’s continued focus on assessing stipulated learning outcomes, the following schemes are introduced for the 2021-22 Academic Session for Class 10 and 12:

A. Academic session to be divided into 2 Terms with approximately 50% syllabus in each term:

The syllabus for the Academic session 2021-22 will be divided into 2 terms by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts, and the Board will conduct examinations at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus. This is done to increase the probability of having a Board conducted classes

X and XII examinations at the end of the academic session.

B. The syllabus for the Board examination 2021-22 will be rationalized

The syllabus will be rationalized, similar to that of the last academic session to be notified in July 2021. However, for academic transactions, schools will follow the curriculum and syllabus released by the Board via a circular dated 31 March 2021. Schools will also use alternative

academic calendar and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum.

C. Efforts will be made to make Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work more credible and valid

Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work will be made more credible and valid as per the guidelines and Moderation Policy to be announced by the Board to ensure fair distribution of marks.

These special scheme assessments are designed to make the examinations competencies and core concepts-based, student-centric, transparent, technology-driven study. Students must study as per the special scheme 2021-22. The board will publish the CBSE Sample Papers on the official website before the conduct of the term examination. Solving these papers will help them understand the change in the exam pattern and marks weightage. Moreover, students will get to know the difficulty level of the exam and the kind of questions expected to be asked in the exam.

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