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CBSE changes Class XII question paper pattern


The changes introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the question papers for the Class XII exams has clearly shifted away the focus from the yester-years’ “objective type” questions to “application based” ones.

According to students appearing in the exam as well as many teachers, the changes are likely to have a far reaching impact on the results.

The changed question paper patterns have made it considerably harder to score, experts noted. The number of questions in several subjects including Economics, Business Studies, Political Science, Accountancy, etc. has been decreased. This also means that the number of long-answer questions in these papers was increased.

“The number of questions has been reduced from 31 to 27 in political science. Now there are five one-mark and five two-mark questions instead of 10 of each,” says Tania Joshi, principal of Indian School, as reported by the TOI.

“Children who are below average scored in these. Now there are more analytical questions. The marking will also be more subjective.” “We got to know about the changes when the sample papers came in and those came very late this year, in till December,” Joshi added.

This year, the Mathematics paper will include 26 questions compared to 29 in the older question paper pattern. Similarly, Business Studies is carrying 25 questions instead of 30.

“Some students who have already been performing well are enjoying them. But we fear that it might affect the performance of students who take time to comprehend,” says Pooja Bahl, head, commerce department.

Usha Kaul, Economics teacher in Delhi Public School, Mathura Road also acknowledged that the changed pattern will make it much harder to score compared to ever before. She stated that in Referring to the pre-board exams where these changes were first tested, she said: “Only 20% of my students were able to score in the 90’s so there certainly will be an impact.”