The CoronaVirus pandemic has indeed wrought some much needed changes, vis-à-vis the CBSE syllabus. After all, the student body had complained about the same for years on end, and now, they have got what they were asking for – a revamped syllabus and one which is reduced and bifurcated as well. Essentially, the syllabus is split into two parts or two terms, as you would have it. The syllabus is supposed to be divided up equally between the two terms, with more marks and weight-age being given for practical exams for the current academic year. And the entire student body is expected to prep with the CBSE sample paper 2021 class 10 and class 12 for the current academic year with the new, revamped syllabus with requisite changes, to both the structure and pattern of the question paper.
Assessment patterns, new syllabus, the changes to be expected:
The current examinations are scheduled to be held by November-December 2021 and March-April 2022. While the student body may find it disconcerting to deal with the changes at the last minute, the fact is that no one could have predicted the Corona Virus or the overall impact on the education system. The good news is that the CBSE has released the new syllabus for both class 10 and class 12, with the assessment pattern being planned so as to encourage the student body to learn and to not hinder their progress. What makes the new assessment pattern interesting is that it is flexible and has the required adaptability to pivot as required. The new syllabus has been divided into two terms, after rationalization with the syllabus for the new terms being split equally between both the terms. While the term 1 exams are due to be held for the 10th grade by November – December 2021, and in the same time period for the 12th grade as well. But prior to these board exams, the CBSE has also formulated internal assessments for both the grades.
Internal assessments and what you need to know:
The internal assessments are planned in such a way as to consist of three periodic tests, along with student enrichment, portfolio and practical work (if any), speaking/listening activities and project. These assessments are designed in such a manner so as to provide the CBSE boards with a complete student profile. It is widely expected that students would use the time they have to practice the new sample papers as this would enable them to get used to the new pattern of questions and other changes as well. Students can check out the various examination resources, book shops online, for sample question papers, based on the new syllabus. Moreover, the term 2 examination lasts for two hours at least, while the term 1 exam is for ninety minutes only. It is expected that the term 2 exams would be harder, with more MCQ and situation based questions. The student should make it a point to check out the various examination resources, for the latest sample papers, guides, review notes and more. Please note, the term 1 exam relates to only 50% of the syllabus and the term 2, to the remaining 50%. It is important that you review your notes accordingly, prior to the exam itself. And you may want to note that the term 2 exams are due to be held at the designated examination centers, and you should prepare for the same accordingly. It should be pointed out that both the term 1 and term 2 exams both contribute towards a final overall score, and the student would be graded accordingly.
Plan to revise early:
It goes without saying that the student body as a whole would be on edge, and anxious about the board exams. And that’s all the more reason that you would need to revise your textbooks ahead of schedule, and start working on the sample papers early on. This will help you beat the nerves and you would be less prone to commit any last minute mistakes. What’s more the new syllabus is bound to throw you off schedule, and you may also have to plan ahead for any pandemic related changes as well.
Familiarize yourself with the new syllabus:
When it comes to the board exams, you may feel nervous and on edge. That’s a natural reaction given the last minute changes that the whole student body had to adapt to, due to the pandemic. But here’s what you can do to beat these last minute nerves, just familiarize yourself with the new syllabus. Make sure that the exam resources you are using reflect the latest syllabus and the sample papers reflect the same. Double check and make sure that the question patterns in the sample papers are based on the question patterns as released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Follow a rigorous schedule:
When it comes to the CBSE boards, be it the 10th or the 12th, it is essential that you set in practice well-planned study sessions and a rigorous schedule, one that’s both robust and flexible at the same time. The schedule must allow for a little leeway, to include some free time as well. But it is important to follow a watertight planned schedule and to stick to the plan. This should enable you to prep and to finish the required portions well ahead of the schedule.
You may want to search online for reputed exam related websites, ones that would provide you with the latest information on the CBSE 10th and 12th boards, as well as sample papers along with the latest exam related news, updates and guidelines. This should enable you to stay well informed and to stick to your study plan, despite the current circumstances. Moreover, you should be able to prepare for the exams well ahead of schedule. And remember to review your notes, including the ones that you may have taken down during your class sessions. It should prove to be quite handy.