The board issued the detailed guidelines for the pandemic-hit academic session on Monday. However, this scheme, according to a senior CBSE official, will continue as the board’s new assessment system.
For the current session, the first term objective exam will be held in November-December 2021, while the second term exam with subjective questions will take place in March-April 2022.
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“When the situation normalises, the board will conduct the Term I exam in October-November and Term II in February-March and for the full syllabus,” said the official.
As per the CBSE’s guidelines, the board will organise Term I exams in a flexible schedule with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of the country and abroad. The question paper will have multiple choice questions with a time limit of 90 minutes and for the pandemic period, it will cover only the rationalised syllabus of Term I.
At the end of the second term, the board will organise Term II. The paper will be of 120-minute duration and will have subjective questions of different formats. “However, due to Covid-19, if the situation remains not conducive for normal descriptive examination, a 90-minute MCQ-based exam will be conducted at the end of Term II as well,” said the official.
The responses of students will be captured on OMR sheets, which after scanning may be directly uploaded on the CBSE portal or alternatively uploaded by the school on the very same day.
“Students will study only the specific syllabus meant for that particular term-end exam. No part of the first-term syllabus will be part of the second-term exam and vice versa,” said the CBSE official.
Learning from the Covid-19 situation, CBSE is also looking at keeping options of online exams as an exigency measure. “Due to the pandemic exams are getting postponed and cancelled. So the online exam is one model which is also being planned,” said the official.
For the pandemic period, the board has decided that in case the situation improves, exams will be conducted at schools/centres and theory marks will be distributed equally between the two exams. However, if schools remain closed in the November-December period, students will take Term I exams online/offline from home and its weightage will be reduced while the weightage of Term II exams will be increased for the declaration of the final results. In a vice versa scenario, the same rules will apply.
But in case of complete closure of schools for both the exams, results would be computed on the basis of internal assessment/practical/project work and theory marks of Term I and II exams taken by the candidate from home.