CBSE is likely to conduct a class 12 board exam only for core subjects
CBSE Council Class 12 Examination 2021: The Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE), in all likelihood, will only conduct the Class Council 12 exam for core subjects, The Indian Express has learned.
The Council offers 174 subjects to students in class 12, of which around 20 subjects are considered major by the CBSE. These include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, history, political science, business studies, accounting, geography, economics, and English. A CBSE student takes a minimum of five and a maximum of six subjects. Of these, in general, four are major topics.
According to sources, the CBSE has offered two options to the Ministry of Education for conducting the board exams for core subjects. These are expected to be discussed at the meeting of education ministers and state education secretaries, which will be chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday. Education Minister Ramesh Pohkriyal, Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani will also attend this meeting.
As part of the first option, the National Council proposed that the core subject examinations take place in the “existing format” and at designated examination centers. As for minor subjects, their marks can be calculated based on performance in major subjects, the CBSE suggested.
This option would require one month of pre-exam activities and two months for conducting exams and reporting results and an additional 45 days for compartment exams. The first option, the Indian Express has learned, can only be executed if the Council has a three-month window.
As part of the second format, which will take 45 days to complete, the CBSE proposed that students in class 12 take the core subject exams in their own schools (read self-centers), instead of the centers of designated exam. To facilitate this, the number of examination centers will have to be doubled.
The Council also recommended that, under the second format, each exam should be one and a half hours instead of three hours. Question papers should only contain objective, short answer type questions. In this scenario, a grade 12 student will appear for one language and three electives (major reading) only. The marks for the fifth and sixth subjects will be decided according to the performance in the optional subjects.
If the board chooses the second option, the reviews will take place in two phases. This phasing was suggested to take into account the difference in the COVID19 situation across the country. Thus, the places where the situation is favorable will have their examinations in the first phase, and the remaining areas in the second phase. The two phases will take place two weeks apart.
Any student who is unable to sit for an exam due to COVID19 will have another opportunity to present.
On April 14, the Ministry of Education announced the decision to cancel the class 10 board exam and postpone the exam for class 12 students due to the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic. On May 1, the Council announced a special grading system for grade 10 students at its affiliated schools.
For Class Council 12 exams, the ministry said it would review the situation on June 1 to decide on new dates and make an announcement at least two weeks before the exams start. Sunday’s meeting with state governments was called to decide which of the two options proposed by CBSE should be implemented.