Students appearing for the CBSE board exam will now have the option to reappear for the same in case they want to improve their marks. As per the earlier rule, students who seek to improve their marks had to wait for at least a year to do so. However, the CBSE will now allow students the flexibility to do the same within the same academic year. The is part of the government’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
As per the new rules, the 10th and 12th class students will be allowed to improve their marks in any one subject in the same year they had appeared for the board exam. To do the same, they will have to reappear in the compartment exam. The compartment exams happen “immediately after conduct of main exams”, informed CBSE. The better of the marks scored in two papaers will be considered as one’s final marks.
In case one wishes to improve marks in two subjects, they will have to wait for a year and reappear with other students during the board exams. The new rules will come into effect from CBSE board exams 2021 which are scheduled to be held from May.
This year, owing to the closure of schools, the CBSE has reduced students syllabus by 30%. Further, the board has announced to increase in the number of application-based questions in the board exams this year. As per the NEP, the number of MCQs and application-based questions in the exam are to be raised by 10% to make exams low-stake.
Going forward, more such reforms will be introduced not just in the exam system but also in the evaluation pattern. All this a part of NEP that aims to embed more practical knowledge into students rather than just bookish.
As far as the CBSE exams are concerned, they are to begin on May 4. The exams that usally begin in March has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exams will be held amid COVID-precautions where wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing will be mandatory. The board will hold class 12 exams in two shifts.