CBSE X, XII Exams Set To be easier this timeFebruary 13, 2019
“Student-friendly” changes in question papers of Class X and XII Boards are set to make exams easier this time. The CBSE has decided to increase objective type questions and question options in papers.
At present, up to 10% of the questions are objective type. “However, this year, it will be increased to 25%. This will boost the confidence of students and help them score better,” says a CBSE source. “If a student is not confident about a certain question, he/she will have 33% more question options to choose from,” the official said.
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Students can also expect more structured question papers this year, with each paper divided into sub-sections. For example, all objective type questions will be clubbed into one section, followed by questions with higher marks. “At present, except the objective type, the questions are jumbled and not divided into sections. Students can attend papers in a more systematic manner,” said the official.
To avoid paper leak, the board has devised a mechanism for real-time tracking of centre superintendents, who are designated to collect “confidential material” via a mobile application. Last year, two question papers (Class X mathematics and Class XII economics) were leaked and the board had to re-conduct the economics exam. It did not reconduct the maths exam as there was a “limited leak”.
“The secured mobile application will record the timing of centre superintendents collecting question papers from designated agencies and will also track their movements till they reach exam centres and open question paper packets,” said the official. Moreover, the CBSE has also asked the superintendents not to depute anyone to pick up the confidential material on his/ her behalf.
This year, around 13 lakh candidates have registered themselves for the Class XII exams, while 18 lakh will sit in Class X exams. The exams will commence from February 15, which is 15 days in advance as compared to last year. The vocational exams will be completed by February-end and exams on academic subjects will be conducted in March.