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CBSE Board Exams 2022 to be held in two parts

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday announced a special scheme of Assessment for Class 10 and 12 board examinations for the 2021-22 session due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As per the new regulation of CBSE, the syllabus for the academic session 2021-22 will be divided into two parts. With this scheme, 50 percent syllabus will be covered in each term. The board said the new syllabus would be notified by the end of July. Efforts will be made to make Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work more credible and valid as per the guidelines and Moderation Policy to be announced by the Board to ensure fair distribution of marks.

CBSE Board Exams 2022 to be held in two parts


Special Scheme for 2021-22 CBSE Board Exams

Academic session to be divided into 2 Terms with approximately 50% syllabus in each term: The syllabus for the Academic session 2021-22 will be divided into 2 terms by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts and the Board will conduct examinations at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus. This is done to increase the probability of having a Board conducted classes X and XII examinations at the end of the academic session.

• Classes IX-X: Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include the 3 periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio and practical work/ speaking listening activities/ project.

• Classes XI-XII: Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include end of topic or unit tests/ exploratory activities/ practical/ projects.

Term I Examinations

• At the end of the first term, the Board will organize Term I Examination in a flexible schedule to be conducted between November-December 2021 with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of country and abroad. Dates for conduct of examinations will be notified subsequently.

• The Question Paper will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) including case-based MCQs and MCQs on assertion-reasoning type. Duration of test will be 90 minutes and it will cover only the approx. 50% of the entire syllabus.

• Question Papers will be sent by the CBSE to schools along with marking scheme. The responses of students will be captured on OMR sheets which, after scanning may be directly uploaded at CBSE portal or alternatively may be evaluated and marks obtained will be uploaded by the school on the very same day.

• Marks of the Term I Examination will contribute to the final overall score of students.

Term II Examination/ Year-end Examination

• At the end of the second term, the Board would organize Term II or Yearend Examination based on the rationalized syllabus of Term II only (i.e. approximately 50% of the entire syllabus).

• This examination would be held around March-April 2022 at the examination centres fixed by the Board.

• The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type).

• In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination a 90 minute MCQ based exam will be conducted at the end of the Term II also.

• Marks of the Term II Examination would contribute to the final overall score.

FAQs

• In case the situation of the pandemic improves and students are able to come to schools or centres for taking the exams.

→ Board would conduct Term I and Term II examinations at schools/centres and the theory marks will be distributed equally between the two exams.

• In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during November-December 2021, but Term II exams are held at schools or centres.

→ Term I MCQ based examination would be done by students online/offline from home - in this case, the weightage of this exam for the final score would be reduced, and weightage of Term II exams will be increased for declaration of final result.

• In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during March-April 2022, but Term I exams are held at schools or centres.

→ Results would be based on the performance of students on Term I MCQ based examination and internal assessments. The weightage of marks of Term I examination conducted by the Board will be increased to provide year end results of candidates.

• In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools and Board conducted Term I and II exams are taken by the candidates from home in the session 2021-22.

→ Results would be computed on the basis of the Internal Assessment/Practical/Project Work and Theory marks of Term-I and II exams taken by the candidate from home in Class X / XII subject to the moderation or other measures to ensure validity and reliability of the assessment. 
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