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For the academic year 2021-22, the Central Board of Secondary Education has changed the exam pattern, and the way exams are to be conducted. Previously, the exam was conducted once a year in the month of February or March. But, now the exams for the board classes will be conducted twice in the year. This change has been implemented in the exam conduction scheme due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The exam will be conducted in two terms for the 2021-22 examination. Here, we have provided complete details about the board’s latest changes in the exam pattern, question paper format, and sample papers.
Know About the Latest Changes Introduced in Sample Paper 2021-22
CBSE has decided to conduct the class 10th and 12th board exams in two terms. For this, the board has already provided the bifurcated syllabus for both terms. It has divided the syllabus into term 1 and term 2, probably keeping 50% of the syllabus for each term. This is done by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts. In continuation to it, the exam for Term 1 and Term 2 will be conducted separately.
Detail About Term 1 Exam
As exams are approaching its conduct, the board has released the CBSE Sample Papers for the Term 1 Exam. The first term examination will be conducted in the month of November-December 2021 with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of the country and abroad. However, the exam dates are not released yet. The exam duration will be 90 minutes. The questions in the exam will cover only the rationalized syllabus of Term I only (i.e. approx. 50% of the entire syllabus). The responses of students will be captured on OMR sheets. The Question Paper of Term 1 will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), including case-based MCQs and MCQs on the assertion-reasoning type. A similar format is provided in the Term 1 Sample paper to help students get insight into the new exam pattern. The marks scored in the Term I exam will contribute to the final overall score of students.
Detail About Term 2 Exam
At the end of the second term, the Board would organize Term II or Year-End Examination based on the rationalized syllabus of Term II only (i.e. approximately 50% of the entire syllabus). The exam will be conducted around March-April 2022. The paper will be of 2 hours duration and will have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open-ended- short answer/ long answer type). If the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination, a 90-minute MCQ-based exam will be conducted at the end of Term II. The marks obtained in the Term II Examination would contribute to the final overall score.
Apart from the sample papers, students must also practice the CBSE Previous Year Question Paper to know the types of questions asked in the exam. It will also help them to analyze the past year’s exam trend. Moreover, solving these papers will boost students’ confidence.