12th Board Exam In Two Terms: Centre Release National Curriculum Framework

The Union Ministry of Education has released the draft of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). 

In this, it is proposed to take the 12th board examination in two terms. It has also been recommended to add marks of previous classes in the results of 10th-12th. In this framework, prepared keeping in mind the new National Education Policy, it is also proposed to end the division of Science, Commerce and Arts.

During Corona, the board examination was taken in two parts, now the same system to be made permanent. 

The new framework may come into effect from the session 2024-25.

So far the curriculum framework has been prepared in 1975, 1988, 2000 and 2005. This is also not the first attempt to change the format of board exams. 

Earlier in 2009, the continuous and comprehensive evaluation method was implemented for class 10th, but it was withdrawn in 2017.

4 Years-2 Phase: From 9th to 12th, subjects have to be chosen from 8 groups

In the draft, there are flexibility in choosing subjects in the last 4 years (9th to 12th). These will be divided into 8 groups – Humanities, Mathematics-Computing, Vocational Education, Physical Education, Arts Education, Social Science, Science, Inter-disciplinary subject.

These 4 years will also be divided into two phases – 9th and 10th and 11th and 12th.

 In the first phase i.e. Science, Social Science and Humanities will be taught in class 9-10, in the second phase (class 11-12) History, Physics, Language will be taught.

In 11th and 12th also, out of 8 subject groups, 4 subjects will have to be studied. In both these years, education will be done through semester system. 

The chosen subject has to be completed in one semester. To get the 12th certificate, the student has to pass in 16 papers (courses). You have to choose your four subjects from three subject groups out of 8. 

For example, if a student chooses History from the Social Science subject group, he will have to complete four papers (courses) of History. If someone chooses Computer Science from Mathematics group, then he has to do four courses in it.

CBSE: There will be more MCQs in 10th-12th board exams.
 , while changing the evaluation method, asked more number of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in the 2024 board exams and reduced the weightage of short and long answer questions . 

The board has taken this step in view of the new National Education Policy, so that students do not study by rote.

 In the 10th board examination of the year 2023-24, the weightage of MCQ paper will be 50%, while in 12th it will be 40%.

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