CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam Pattern Changed
All the students appearing for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 board exams in 2019, we have good news for you. The board is likely to give two options in the Mathematics paper to the students. The students will be able to select the type of test paper they want to answer. It could be a standard-level or a higher-level mathematics question paper.
The choice will have to be made when forms for the exam are filled up later this year, the officials said. In May 2018, it was reported that CBSE was considering two sets of question papers for the mathematics exam.
The syllabus for the CBSE Class 10 exam would remain the same, but students would be examined at two different levels so that those not keen to pursue maths for higher studies can answer a simpler question paper.
Officials added that this may start as a pilot project from March 2019 itself and, depending on its success, could be extended to the Class 12 board exams. The board has formed a 15-member committee comprising mathematics experts, and those from universities, schools and the National Council of Educational Research and Training.
“The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) document states that all subjects should be examined at two levels by the board, beginning with maths and English. It also said that students should have the choice between higher and standard level,” said a maths expert who was consulted.
The officials cited above further said that “the committee had suggested to keep the syllabus same, including teaching and pedagogy, but the same syllabus would be examined at two levels.”
An official said the higher-level paper would have more questions on applied mathematics and involve higher order thinking skills. The board had received representations to introduce two question papers from several schools across the country. The rationale was that students who do not intend to pursue maths would be able to avoid the tag they weren’t good at the subject if they scored low marks at the high-school level.
Meanwhile, the board exams of CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 students (opting vocational subjects) are likely to begin in February next year.