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New Exam Pattern for CBSE Class 9 to 12 Students

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in its latest announcement published on 22nd April 2021 introduced a new exam pattern for students of class 9th to 12th for the upcoming academic session 2021-22. The change in CBSE exam pattern has been implemented with the enforcement of the CBSE new education policy that focuses more on Competency-Based Education (CBE). 

Keeping the current pandemic lockdown situation in mind, the board has decided that rather than rote learning practices, more emphasis should be put on developing the creative and critical thinking abilities of the students so that they would be able to overcome the challenges of the 21st-century. As a result, competency-based questions will be a part of the class 9 to 12 exam pattern where these questions test students’ concept-application abilities in real-life or peculiar situations. As the new CBSE exam pattern will affect students preparing for competitive exams like JEE, NEET, or NDA, in this article, we present you with all the details regarding CBSE new exam pattern and how to prepare for it to score satisfactory success.

CBSE new exam pattern – For Class 9th – 12th

For the academic session 2021-22, the board has decided to conduct the examination in two terms – Term I and Term II. Hence there is a bifurcation of the syllabus for both examinations based on the interconnectedness of the topic. Based on the new guidelines released by the board, the Term I examination is scheduled to be held in November and December 2021 and the Term II examination will be held in March and April 2022.

In addition to the bifurcation, the board has also reduced the syllabus for classes 11 & 12, science and commerce streams by removing a few chapters from various subjects. The complete syllabus for the term I and term II examinations for classes 9th to 12th can be downloaded from the CBSE official website

http://cbseacademic.nic.in/curriculum_2022.html

As per the revised scheme, the term I examination for classes 9th to 12th will have only the objective-type, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) for the mentioned syllabus. The timeline for the exams will be 90 minutes and the MCQs will be case-based and assertion-reason type questions.

For the term II examination, with the introduction of competency-based questions, the board has decided that these questions would hold a weightage of 30 percent for classes 9 and 10 and 20 percent weightage for classes 11 and 12. These questions can be in the form of MCQs, source-based integrated type, case-based, or any other type of questions. In addition, objective-type questions will be 20 percent and the remaining 50 percent will be open-ended (short and long answer type) questions for 9 and 10 grades. 

For grades 11 and 12, there will be 20 percent of objective-type questions and the remaining 60 percent will be standard open-ended (short and long answer type) questions. The decided timeline of the term II examination will be of 2 hours. The board has also mentioned that if the conditions won’t be suitable for exam conduction, then there will be 90 minutes MCQ-based exam for term II as well.

Class 9 to 12 exam pattern comparison – Old vs New

Old Exam Pattern  New Exam Pattern for Session 2021-22
For Classes 9th & 10th  Case-based/ Source-based Integrated Questions: 20%

Objective type 

Questions: 20%

Short Answer/ Long Answer Questions: Remaining 60%

Competency-Based Questions (MCQs, Case-Based Questions, Source-Based Integrated Questions or any other types): 30%

Objective type Questions: 20%

Short Answer/ Long Answer Questions: Remaining 50%

For Classes 11th & 12th  Objective type Questions: 20%

Case-based/ Source-based Integrated Questions: 10%

Short Answer/ Long Answer Questions: Remaining 70%

Competency-Based Questions (MCQs, Case-Based Questions, Source-Based Integrated Questions or any other types): 20%

Objective type Questions: 20%

Short Answer/ Long Answer Questions: Remaining 60%

Term I

Term II

Classes Exam Pattern Exam Duration Syllabus Exam Pattern Exam Duration Syllabus
9th Multiple-Choice Type Questions 90 Minutes 50% New Competency-Based Question Pattern 2 Hours 50%
10th Multiple-Choice Type Questions 90 Minutes 50% New Competency-Based Question Pattern 2 Hours 50%
11th Multiple-Choice Type Questions 90 Minutes 50% New Competency-Based Question Pattern 2 Hours 50%
12th Multiple-Choice Type Questions 90 Minutes 50% New Competency-Based Question Pattern 2 Hours 50%

Result-Calculation: Both the terms will have approximately 50 percent weightage in the calculation of the final result.

As per the information given, the term I examination will be conducted in schools and term II examinations for classes 10th & 12th will be conducted at external centers decided by CBSE. Both the examinations will be conducted under the strict supervision of the external examiners appointed by the board.

Internal Assessment and Evaluation:

In addition to the new exam pattern, the school has to conduct internal assessments and evaluations for each subject. The Internal Assessment will be of a total of 20 marks which are divided into four sections: 

Periodic Test

5 Marks

Each subject will have a total of 3 periodic tests out of which an average of 2 periodic tests will be taken for final submission.
Multiple Assessments

5 Marks

Multiple assessments like oral tests, regularity in school, organizational skills, neatness, group activities, etc. will be conducted by classroom teachers.
Portfolio

5 Marks

The portfolio will be all work done by the student during the academic session.
Subject Improvement Activities

5 Marks

Subject improvement activities including the project work, practical and language skills of the students that would be different for various subjects.

How to prepare for the new CBSE pattern?

  • Carefully Understand Every Concept: Rather than just learning a new concept, try to understand each concept carefully with its application in real-life scenarios. That will help you in solving competency-based questions.
  • Use Smart Learning Techniques: Smart learning techniques involve using flashcards, mind-maps, flowcharts, diagrams, mnemonics, videos, or any visual aid that will help you in learning the concept better.
  • Practice Sample Papers: The golden rule is, solve as many CBSE sample question papers as you can. Practicing sample papers will give you a fair idea about exam patterns, questions, marking schemes, and solving approaches. 
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