The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to change the question paper pattern of Class X and XII exams from 2020. The changes also include holding vocational subject tests early in February, ending board exams by March and early results declaration. An HRD ministry official was quoted in a leading daily saying, “The questions will be more in the nature of problem-solving. There will be short questions (between 1 to 5 marks). The stress would be on probing the critical thinking abilities of students and test actual learning outcomes rather than allow students to score high marks by virtue of rote.”

As per the official, the focus is to test the conceptual and critical thinking abilities of the students. And once the paper pattern is approved, it would be implemented from the academic year 2019-20. Meanwhile, the new rules have been submitted to the ministry for their approval. The proposal is being discussed and might take 3-4 months to crystallise.

As per the proposal submitted for approval, the affiliation of the school/ institution would be based on the ability of the institution to provide quality education. Board would also test the availability of quality infrastructure.

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