Student of GD Goenka Public School in Lucknow discussing their paper on Saturday(HT)
Student of GD Goenka Public School in Lucknow discussing their paper on Saturday(HT)

CBSE Class 12th Biology Exam 2020 analysis: Paper easy but tricky say students

CBSE Class 12th Biology Exam 2020 analysis: CBSE conducted the class 12th biology exam on Saturday, March 14. The Biology exam was conducted from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Check paper analysis based on students’ feedback here.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2020 05:09 PM IST

CBSE conducted the class 12th biology exam on Saturday, March 14. The Biology exam was conducted from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.The theory exam carries 80 marks while the practical exam carries 20 marks.Biology is an important paper for the science stream students.

There were a total of 27 questions and five sections in the question paper. All questions were compulsory.

There are six long answer type questions carrying six marks each, six short answer type questions carrying 4 marks each, 10 short answer questions carrying three marks each and 10 very short answer questions carrying one marks each.

Section A contains five multiple choice question of one mark each, section B contains seven short answer type questions of two marks each. Section C contains nine short answer type questions of three marks each. Section D contains three case based short answer type questrions of three marks each and section E contains three long answer type questions of five marks each.


CBSE class 12 students in Lucknow said Saturday’s Biology paper was easy while some portion was little tricky.

Ashvini, a student of GD Goenka Public School said that overall it was an easy question paper and is looking forward to scoring good marks.

Another student of the same school Harshita said: “Some of the Multiple Choice Question (MCQs) were tricky though the overall level of the paper was easy to moderate.”

Tanmay and Kirti said that most of the questions were similar to pre -board papers. “I hope to score above 95% in this subject” said Kirti.

Mayuri and Divyam too were of the opinion that the paper was easy but lengthy and ample practice in classroom would help them score high marks.

(with input from Rajeev Mullick)


Anurina Chakraborty, student of Pranavananda Vidyamandir said,” The Biology question paper was fine but a little difficult if compared to the previous year. My paper was good except one question that created confusion for me “.

Shankar Banik, Biology teacher of Hindi Higher Secondary School said, “ The question paper was student- friendly. The question pattern was much better and nice compared to the past three years. Even the question paper was easier than Class 10. I hope, students could score good marks.”

(with input from Priayanka Deb Barman)


CBSE students in Prayagraj found the class 12 Biology question paper easy and scoring.

According to Shikhas Yadav of Ganga Gurukulam School, Prayagraj, the paper was easy and scoring as the questions did not require lengthy answers and were from within the syllabus.

“The section A having 5 multiple choice questions (MCQ) of 1 marks each was scoring while section B and C having 2 marks each and 3 marks each questions from evolution, biotechnology, etc topics were also easy to answer,” she added.

Anushka, another student of Ganga Gurukulam School also termed the question paper easy and she attempted all questions. “Practice of previous years question papers was easy gave an idea of the pattern. Most of the questions required short and to the point answers. Only question based on case study on the topic Plastic and Environment required a lengthy descriptive answer,” she said.

Prakriti Srivastava, another student said questions from Genetic Engineering, Deficiency were easy to answer apart from multiple choice questions. “The question paper by and large was easy and scoring,” she said.

As per Anita Srivastava, teaching Biology at Ganga Gurukulam School, the question paper of 70 marks was divided into five sections. “The section A had 5 MCQ questions of 1 mark each while section B had 6 questions of 2 marks each which were also easy to answer for an average student. The section C had 5 questions of 3 marks each from Evolution History, Biotechnology which required a bit of descriptive answer,” she said.

The section D of the question paper had around 11 questions of 3 marks while section E had a case study question of 5 marks, she added.

(with inputs from Kenneth John)


Sumit Pande, 17, said, “The paper was on the expected lines. Overall the paper pattern was somewhat tricky but anyone who was prepared could easily do it.”

Rahul Kumar, 18, said, “I found the paper very easy. It was on expected lines. One marker questions were little difficult but I was able to do it.”

Kashish Bansal, 17, said, “I was prepared for the exam. The CBSE sample paper really helped me as most of the questions were on the expected lines,”

Neeraj Sharma, 18 said, “I found the paper a little difficult as I found it lengthy. I wasn’t able to complete it on time.”

(with inputs from Srishti Jaswal)


“Paper was very good. Questions were not from difficult concepts but rather were from predictable concepts. If you had gone through the whole book properly, you can easily secure above 90, said Shanti Swarup Rath, a student

“The biology paper was easy one but some of them were a bit tricky . Overall the level of question was good and I am expecting good marks,” said another student Ananya Muduli of the same school.

Arvind Goyal, Biology teacher said, “The question paper of Biology as expected and was based completely on the NCERT Textbook. Some of the questions were conceptual and required a thorough understanding of the topics. However, some questions were asked which were based on total rote learning of NCERT lines and facts, without the examiner going into the conceptual detail of the given fact e.g., the question based on number of primary producers in a grassland ecosystem and another one based on detection of cancer by Biopsy and Histopathology.”

He added, “Adequate internal choice in the various questions was a big help to the students. The paper was not lengthy and the students were able to get over with it well before time. Overall the question paper was easily attemptable and the students who had a good hold on the NCERT book should be able to score well.”

(with inputs from Debabrata Mohanty)

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