As more than 12 lakh students prepare for their annual Board examinations, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today announced a slew of measures, including a 15-minute ‘cool off’ time, to save students from suffering exam-related anxiety and stress.
The CBSE has also re-designed the question papers of seven subjects to allow the students to complete the three-hour question paper in only two-and-a-half hours.
15 minute cool-off time to read question paper before the exam to continue
Seven class XII papers and three class X papers have been redesigned
For class X, internal assessment in maths has been introduced
Science practicals have been restructured
Revised assessment in science and technology
The 'blueprint' of seven class XII papers — mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, business studies and accounts — has been redesigned. Similarly, for class X, science, mathematics and science question papers have been restructured.
For class X, the CBSE, for the first time, has introduced internal assessment in mathematics, restructured science practicals and revised assessment in science and technology.
"The aim is to bring in more objectivity and transparency in the system while evaluation. If these changes prove to be successful, we will implement them in other subjects," CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly said.
"The CBSE is making all efforts to ensure that the Board examinations are as stress free as possible. We have decided to continue with the cool off time to bring near synchronisation between speed and accuracy," CBSE chairman Ganguly said.
While more than five lakh candidates will appear this year for the Class XII Board examination beginning on March 1, over seven lakh students have registered for the class X Board examination, commencing on March 2.