The government is likely to introduce a standard question paper pattern for all state boards at the Class 10 and 12 levels with uniform distribution of difficult, moderate and easy questions.
The HRD ministry is keen on implementing this recommendation made by a committee with representatives from various state boards, including the Central Board of Secondary Education and the National Council of Educational Research and Training, officials said. Most states have also accepted it, they added.
The move — an attempt to make exam results comparable during admissions to universities and colleges — comes at a time Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce is in the news for admitting a large number of students from Tamil Nadu who scored higher than their counterparts from other state boards. The HRD ministry has informed Rajya Sabha that 129 of the 188 BCom (Hons) candidates accepted by the college on the first day were from the southern state, including 33 from a single school — Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan in Erode.
The committee — headed by the chairman of the Meghalaya board and comprising seven members from various boards — was set up by the HRD ministry last year and has submitted its report, recommending a standard question paper design, the ministry officials said.
The recommended distribution of questions is 30% difficult, 40% moderate and 30% easy. “We will sort out the nitty-gritties at a meeting of all state boards shortly,” a senior official told HT.
State boards follow different syllabi and the examinations conducted by them do not have a common pattern. A uniform pattern, sources said, will solve the problem of students from certain boards doing better than others.
“This is the need of the hour. We need to have challenging questions so we are able to gauge the seriousness of students. All state boards have to come together to achieve this as it is a complex exercise,” said Deepak Pental, former vice-chancellor of Delhi University. “The IIT entrance exams are already based on this principle where they divide the paper into easy, moderate and difficult. The results will become more comparable if a standard paper design is followed.”