Students can now access the open text-based assessment (OTBA) text for Classes 9 and 11 on the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) website.
The OTBA will be held in summative assessment-2, and carries 10% weightage for different subjects. For Class 9, the OTBA is held in five subjects - Hindi, English, science, mathematics, and social studies- while for Class 11, the OTBA is conducted in geography, economics and biology.
The board had started the assessment test in 2013 to relieve students from the burden of mugging up the content and provide opportunities in acquiring skills of information processing, comprehension, analysis and inference.
With a view to bring more clarity on the assessment, the board has now made the text material available, both in English and Hindi.
The text material includes sample questions and a suggestive marking scheme for the use of teachers.
As per the board's circular, teachers are expected to read, discuss and analyze the material and further provide description, explanation and exploration of the text material.
"The main aim of introducing the OTBA is to provide opportunities to students in acquiring soft skills. The teachers should guide them, provide feedback and encourage open responses in text related to OTBA situations. They should also develop more such questions that are based on the given text but require answers through application of learnt concepts,"reads the circular.
Local CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva said, "The CBSE's decision to upload the OTBA text on the board's website will help students to have clarity on the assessment test."