Does the thought of attempting HOTS (High Order Thinking Skills) questions during the Board exams this year gives you cold feet? If yes, then your fears are unfounded, say CBSE officials and teachers.
HOTS, according to Board officials, is not really a new concept. In fact, such questions have always been part of CBSE papers. The only difference is these questions are now tagged collectively with a new term.
The introduction of HOTS questions just weeks before the boards last year triggered panic among students. Many, in fact, even attributed the downfall in their overall performance to HOTS.
HOTS questions mark a shift in emphasis from rote learning to better comprehension of lessons. On an average about 20 per cent of the marks in each paper will test the examinee's ability to apply knowledge.