BSE to make sample booklets available on website

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Bhubaneswar: In its effort to reduce the worries of students appearing for the Class X board examination-2014 in the wake of the recent introduction of grade system and the examination format, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) has decided to facilitate students with sample question papers on its official website from October 12.

Sample question-cum-answer booklets of as many as six main subjects will be available for students, official sources said.

Announcing this BSE president DP Nanda said, “To clear the doubt of students regarding the new question pattern, we have decided to make sample papers of six subjects available on our official website from October 12.”

“We are sure the papers will give them a fair idea about the pattern and they must not worry about it,” Nanda stated adding that samples of the optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets will also be available on the website.

These subjects are Oriya, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

This apart, to address further queries of the students, the state government is conducting a meeting of all district officers (DOs) on Tuesday in the state capital to impart training on the nitty-gritty of the new format.

“They will be thoroughly trained how to fill the OMR sheets and the other papers as well. Besides handing them (DOs) over sample hardcopy of all the subjects, we will also ask them to make the students practice the papers on their own,” Nanda said.

“The new question pattern is undoubtedly student-friendly. And the pattern with equal percentage of objective and subjective questions will acquaint the students to prepare for various national-level competitive exams,” he stated.

Last month, the state government replaced marks with grade system in Class X examination. The BSE, which conducts the examination, had also increased objective or multiple choice questions to 50% from 40% and introduced OMR sheets for better evaluation.

Students will now be evaluated on nine-point grades like A (91-100 marks), B (81-90), C (71-80), D (61-70), E (51-60), F (41-50), G (33-40), H (21-32) and I (below 20) which aims at reducing stress and inculcating competitive spirit among students. However, marks secured by students will be mentioned in marksheets to facilitate admission in colleges.

Students, who secure more than 90% marks, will be categorized ‘outstanding’, those securing between 81-90% ‘excellent’ and those secured less than 20 % will get the tag ‘unsatisfactory’ instead of ‘fail’.

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