Bhubaneswar: Adhering to the new guidelines of the National Education Policy (NEP) that encourages different ways to select students for college admission, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with the idea of having more application based questions in the CBSE Board Class 12 Exam 2021.
If the college admission process changed then it will affect the previous pattern of CBSE that makes students adoptive to mark based exams and question papers as well. Following which, the board exams eventually will be low-stake, and application base.
According to an Indian Express report, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce application-based questions in class 12 board exams from 2021. “There will be more case-study based questions wherein a paragraph will be given to students and they will have to answer questions after reading the paragraph. This will assess students on their reading, understanding, interpretation, and answer writing abilities and move away from the rot learning,” said Joseph Emmanuel, director, academics at CBSE.
These questions were limited to one-markers earlier, but now they can also translate into short or long questions. The CBSE has already released sample papers based on the new format. Emmanuel said, “This is a small step towards the vision of NEP. The real change will come when teachers will start teaching based on skill-oriented education and not marks oriented or exam-oriented studies.”
This is part of the board’s aim to make the board exams “competency-based”. These questions will assess students on their ability to understand and apply concepts in real life. While making the shift from “rot-learning” to “learning for life”, students’ interest will be kept in mind, said Emmanuel to Indian Express.
“Our aim is that students should know how to apply the concepts learned in class and study with an aim to learn and not write the exam. The National Education Policy (NEP) says there will be different ways to select students for college admission, if that happens, board exams will be low-stake, and application base. This is a baby step in this direction,” he said.