Source – The Indian Express
To make up for the loss of instructional teaching hours and lack of physical classrooms due to the Covid -19 pandemic, the central and state boards have decided to introduce slight changes in exam patterns.
Following the footsteps of Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE ) for the upcoming board exams 2021, most of the state education boards have also made certain changes in the board exam pattern this year. Now, MCQs will be a considerable part of their exams. Also, the timelines for the boards have been deferred in most cases. The National Education Policy ( NEP ) suggests making board exams low stakes. The CBSE has said it will have more application-based questions and more case study based questions to assess the understanding abilities of students. This can result in more MCQs in board exams 2021. Likewise, the MPBSE or Madhya Pradesh Board has gone a step further to announce that there shall be at least 30% of MCQs in every subject. The central boards – CBSE And CISCE have already reduced the syllabus by 30 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.
Similarly, other state boards like Madhya Pradesh, UP board and Rajasthan – where nearly millions of students appear for exams have decided to cut short the syllabus by 30 per cent. CBSE has already postponed the exams till May – June. As per the revised schedule, now board exams for class 10th and 12th will be held between May 4 and June 10. These exams were usually used to held in February – March.