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WOW! CBSE Class 10, 12 Papers to Have More Choices, Fewer Questions & Less Lengthy; Check Subject-Wise New Board Exam Pattern

Writing class 10th and 12th board exams in 2020 would be less stressful now as the Board plans to reduce the number of questions in a majority of subjects and also provide with more options in selecting questions to answer.

Tooba Maher

Writing class 10th and 12th board exams in 2020 would be less stressful now as the Board plans to reduce the number of questions in a majority of subjects and also provide with more options in selecting questions to answer.  

As per reports, recently the board announced that 25% questions in all the subjects in board exam 2020 will be Multiple Choice Questions. To change the examination pattern for class X and Class XII students, the CBSE plans to shorten the length of question papers in maximum subjects.

Now, in the stipulated three-hour exam for Class XII mathematics, examinees will be required to solve just 12 questions as against 19 in 2019. 

Adding more to it, candidates are expected to get more choices. There will be 33% internal options, here, candidates will need to attempt 10 out of 13-14 questions, according to reports by the Times of India. 

Another huge change is, more number of objective (one-mark) questions which range from 16.25% to 95% in some subjects, up from 10-12%, as per the report. 

According to CBSE sources, in a few subjects like English (language and literature) for Class X and Hindi, history and biology for Class XII there will be more two-mark questions and five to eight-mark ones will be fewer. 

Also, the key subjects across streams will have less number of mandatory descriptive questions. In the Class XII Sanskrit paper, the number of descriptive questions will get reduced from 53 to 37, while in political science it will drop to 14 from 25. Likewise, for physics and chemistry, the number of questions to be attempted in 2020 will be 17, which will be down by five. 

Interestingly, the objective (one-mark) questions will primarily be in the format of 'fill in the blanks', single sentence answers, 'true or false' and multiple-choice questions. 

According to CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi, "The question papers will be developed scientifically without any compromise on quality. In fact, with more objective type questions, the students will need more detailed study. With internal assessment/practicals, students will move out of the habit of rote learning and schools can engage them with more experiential learning.”

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