The CBSE Class 12 exam will start from March 2 and by the pre-board papers uploaded by the CBSE, the question pattern for the upcoming exam is in for a shift from objectivetype questions to applicationbased ones. Students can also expect some long answer-type questions.
“We have been giving application-based questions for practice but what is more important is that this is the first time that this batch would be taking a board exam. When this batch was in Class 10, it had to take a school exam. This new question pattern is adding to their nervousness,” said Sharmila Bose, principal of Sushila Birla Girl’s High School as over 150 of her students are getting ready to take their first board exam on Monday.
Though questions in some subjects will be reduced, some will see an increase. As per hypothesis, subjects like political science, economics, business studies and accountancy will have lesser number of questions and the number of long answer questions may increase and twothree mark ones may be reduced.
These and other changes were noticed in the sample papers students attempted recently.
“We are not used to long answer- type questions. So, despite the practice, this is making me nervous. I am keeping my fingers crossed,” said Shreya Chaudhury, who is taking her Class 12 exam from Kendriya Vidayalaya in Salt Lake.
Anjana Saha, principal of Mahadevi Birla World Academy, however, feels that her students are prepared. “For commerce and accounts, we are expecting the questions to be more application based and that is how we have been asking our students to get ready. We feel they would not have a problem under the new format. While this may be a boon for students with good cognitive skills, others may struggle to assimilate the questions in relation to the textbooks,” said Kumar Dutta, accountancy teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya.
The political science mock paper doing the rounds has just 27 questions as opposed to 31 earlier, in addition to analytical questions. Besides, there are five one-mark questions and five two-mark questions now, instead of a single question of 10 marks. This is will enable children to score higher marks. However, the marking will be more subjective because of the stress on more evaluative and analytical questions.
The mathematics paper for CBSE Class 12 is also expected to change minutely. The paper for mathematics for CBSE Class 12 board exam is expected to have 26 questions instead of the erstwhile 29. Business studies will also have 25 questions instead of 30. The paper also does not allow students to choose among the six-mark questions as earlier, which required them to give elaborate answers. This is clearly a shift from the paper that has been followed since the previous years.
“No doubt, this is a good initiative. But the fact that my son has not taken a board exam before and these changes are making him nervous and we do not know how to boost his confidence,” said Shikha Pal, whose daughter is appearing in Class 12 exam from DPS Ruby Park.
Bose had a word of advice for all the nervous students. “I would urge all the students not to panic. Just eat and sleep well, revise and you will do well.”