The ongoing academic year has been unique with classes being conducted online considering the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic. With more than half of the syllabus already covered online, school students, teachers and other related to the educational sector are set to face the exam season. However, several doubts, apprehensions and concerns remain to be addressed.Here are the latest updates regarding CBSE 2021 exams.
What is CBSE?
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. CBSE has asked all schools affiliated to follow only NCERT curriculum. There are approximately 20,299 schools in India and 220 schools in 28 foreign countries affiliated to the CBSE.
CBSE Board Exam 2021:
Dr Joseph Emmanuel, Director (Academics) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in an interview given to a leading media portal shared several important details and insights to calm the nerves of students, parents and even teachers, who are now preparing to face the upcoming examination season.
Check out the important highlights from the interview below:
On CBSE Exams 2021:
The biggest question on the minds of students and their parents has been about holding of CBSE Exams 2021 amid the on-going pandemic. Clarifying doubts and rubbishing rumours about possibility of holding exams online; Dr Joseph Emmanuel, Director (Academics), CBSE said that all examinations of CBSE Board will be held in written format only. He said holding online exams is not possible as it wouldn’t be fair to many students who do not have enough facilities to appear for them. Moreover, he also added to ensure complete safety and well-being of the students, all COVID-19 precautionary protocols will be followed by the board for holding of the exams.
Details about the CBSE 2021 Exam Schedule:
Answering query on the exam schedule, Mr Emmanuel said that although several state governments and state boards have decided to postpone the holding of the annual and board exams; so far, the CBSE Board has not taken any confirmed decision on this. However, the board is consulting all the necessary stakeholders and will soon finalize a schedule and make it available to the students.
What are CBSE’s views regarding online classes?
Around 90 per cent of the schools are fully connected online and classes are being held regularly. However, nearly 30 per cent of the students enrolled in government schools affiliated to the CBSE are unable to take part in the online sessions. Directives have been issued to give individual attention to them. School authorities can hand over notes to them. The notes should be simple and short. Doubts can also be cleared over the phone. ‘Peer learning’, where students in senior classes coach juniors, is also being implemented.
What are the changes for CBSE 2021 Exam?
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct two separate examinations for mathematics in class 10 board examination starting from 2020 session. The current Mathematics exam is now Mathematics Standard, and an easier version of Mathematics has been introduced (called Mathematics Basic). Students taking the latter version may not study Mathematics to any further level.
The option of choosing mathematics will be mentioned in the registration form for class 10 CBSE board examination. Candidates will be required to select their choice of the test while filling the registration form for CBSE Class 10 board examination 2020.
Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) amid the coronavirus outbreak had ordered rescheduling of pending examinations. The exams rescheduled were to be conducted between 1 and 15 July. On 26 June, CBSE released as circular which cancelled the remaining exams and give scores based on internal exams and scores in other schools. This decision came after a judicial ruling.
What are the changes in CBSE 2021 Exam Format / Composition:
In terms of exam format, Mr Emmanuel said that the Board plans to make gradual changes to composition of the exam papers, wherein the number of application based questions will be increased over a period of time. Last year, CBSE introduced 10% application based questions in the Class 10 Board Exams, which will be increased to 20% this year. On similar lines, from this year onwards, application based questions will also be introduced with 10% weightage for Class 12 Board Exams.
What are the changes being introduced by the CBSE to the exam system?
Last year, 10 per cent of the questions in the Class 10 exams were application-based. This year, such questions will be 20 per cent. Similarly, the Class 12 question paper will have 10 per cent application-based questions this year. The figure would be gradually increased to 60 per cent. Such changes would be introduced in the junior classes also. These measures are aimed to enhance the potential of students.
CBSE Class 10, 12 exams 2021 dates, admit card, syllabus – Latest updates
Lakhs of students across the country are waiting for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to announce the dates for CBSE Class 10, 12 board exams and it is expected that the CBSE would soon make an official announcement in this regard.
Union Minister of Education scheduled to hold an interaction with students to clear doubts regarding CBSE exams:
Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is scheduled to hold an interaction with students, teachers and parents on December 10 on the issue of conduct of board examinations and competitive examinations in 2021.
Officials on December 2 told news agency that consultations on dates for the conduct of the CBSE exams in 2021 are still underway. They also spoke on the mode of conducting the exams.
Details regarding Admit card:
Sources claimed that CBSE would release admit card 2021 for CBSE Class 10, 12 board exams in January 2021 on its official website- cbse.nic.in.
The CBSE will release admit card separately for regular and private students. Regular students will get the CBSE admit card from the school, while the private students will need to download the admit card from the official website of CBSE.
Here’s how to download CBSE 2021 Admit Card for class 10th and 12th:
- Visit cbse.nic.in.
- Click on “In Focus” section.
- Click on the link that says “Admit Card 2021”.
- Then the login page will open, enter User ID, Password, Security Pin.
- Click on the ‘Login’ button.
- The admit card will appear on the screen.
- Download and take a printout.
- Take the Printout of Admit Card to the Exam Center.
It is to be noted that the academic session 2020-21 has been badly hampered due to the lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of coronavirus in India. CBSE has already reduced the syllabus for Class 10, 12 board exams but the schools are still finding it tough to finish the reduced syllabus within time. It is to be noted that CBSE has recently released new papers for students preparing for 2021 CBSE Class 10, 12 board exams