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CBSE Plans To Reduce Number Of Questions, Other Major Pattern Changes For Class X, XII Board Exams From 2020 

Swarajya Staff

Aug 18, 2019, 04:04 PM | Updated 04:04 PM IST

Students appearing the Class XII CBSE exam in Indore, India. (Arun Mondhe/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 
Students appearing the Class XII CBSE exam in Indore, India. (Arun Mondhe/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 

The Central Board of Secondary Education is planning to reduce the number of questions in most subjects in the board examinations 2020 to reduce the stress level for Class X and Class XII students, The Times of India reports. Further, the board will also increase the number of choices among questions for students.

According to the new plan, candidates will need to just answer 12 questions for three-hour mathematics, instead of 19 questions in 2019. Also with 33 per cent internal options, candidates will need to answer 10 out of 13 to 14 questions.

Among other changes, CBSE will increase the number of objective (One-mark) questions from 10 to 12 per cent to 16.25 per cent to 95 per cent in some subjects. English language and literature for Class X and history and Biology for Class XII subjects will have more two-mark questions and lesser five to eight mark questions.

Key subjects across streams will also have lesser compulsory descriptive questions. The number of descriptive questions in Class XII Sanskrit will drop from 53 to 37, in political science from 25 to 14, in physics and chemistry from 17 to five.

“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,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.


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