Class 10 & 12 Board Exams to be held in Two Terms for 2021-22: CBSE’s SPECIAL SCHEME

Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) on Monday released a circular for the Special Scheme of Assessment for Board Examination Classes X and XII for the Session 2021-22. The Special scheme for the session 2021-22 divides the academic session into two terms with approximately 50% syllabus in each term. The syllabus for the board examination 2021-22 will be rationalized. The notification regarding the same is expected later in July 2021. Efforts will be made towards the credibility and validity of the Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work and marks.


CBSE Circular 2021CBSE Circular 2021

The five-page circular was addressed to all the heads of CBSE affiliated schools. It is sectioned into 5 parts with a detailed explanation of the scheme.

  • Special Scheme for 2021-22

The academic session will be divided into two terms with approximately 50% syllabus. The syllabus will have a systematic approach with the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts. The Board will conduct examinations at the end of each term based on the bifurcated syllabus.

The syllabus will be rationalized similar to that of the last academic session to be notified in July 2021. An effort by the Board will be made for a credible and valid distribution of marks in Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work.

  • Details of Curriculum Transaction

The school will continue online classes till the authorities permit an in-person mode of teaching in schools. Schools will create a digital student profile retaining all their assessments throughout the year. The Internal Assessment marks will be uploaded on the CBSE IT platform. The guidelines will be released along with syllabus rationalization later in July.

Classes IX-X: Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include the 3 periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio and practical work/ speaking listening activities/ project.

Classes XI-XII: Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include end of topic or unit tests/ exploratory activities/practicals/ projects.

  • Term I Examinations

At the end of the first term, the Term I Examination will be conducted between November-December 2021 with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of the country and abroad.

The Question Paper sent by CBSE will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) including case-based MCQs and MCQs on the assertion-reasoning type. The duration of the test will be 90 minutes. The exams will be conducted under the supervision of the External Center Superintendents and Observers appointed by CBSE. The responses of students will be captured on OMR sheets. The scanned OMR sheets will be directly uploaded to the CBSE portal and evaluated. The marks obtained will be uploaded by the school on the very same day. Marks of the Term I Examination will contribute to the final overall score of

  • Term II Examination/ Year-end Examination

At the end of the second term, Term II or Year-end Examination will be held around March-April 2022 at the examination centres fixed by the Board. The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open-ended short answer/ long answer type).
In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination a 90 minute MCQ based exam will be conducted at the end of Term II also. Marks of the Term II Examination would contribute to the final overall score.

CBSE circular 2021

  • Assessment / Examination as per different situations

A. In case the situation of the pandemic improves and students can
come to schools or centres for taking the exams. Board plans to conduct Term I and Term II examinations at schools/centres and the theory marks will be distributed equally between the two exams.

B. In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during November-December 2021. The Term-I MCQ based examinations will be conducted online/offline at home but Term-II will be conducted at schools/centres. The weightage will be reduced for the Term I examinations and the weightage of Term II examinations will be increased.

C. In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during March-April 2022. In that case, Term I exams will be held at schools or centres. The weightage of marks of the Term I examination will be increased to provide year-end results of candidates.

D. In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools and Board conducted Term I and II exams will be taken by the candidates from home in the session 2021-22. Results would be computed based on the Internal Assessment / Practical /Project Work and Theory marks of Term-I and II exams taken by the candidate from home in Class X / XII.

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