The CBSE Term 1 Board examinations is all set to commence on November 2021. The Board has already released the date sheets of both the minor and major subjects of classes 10 and 12 on the official website – cbse.gov.in. Keeping in mind the pandemic situation in the country, CBSE has adopted a special assessment scheme for classes 10 and 12. This time, the Board has bifurcated the academic session to conduct the examination in two terminals. The Term 1 examinations will follow an objective-type pattern and the total duration will be of 90 minutes for each subject.
According to CBSE Examination controller Sanyam Bharadwaj, the National Education Policy (NEP) has laid down the recommendation to provide the students with at least more than one opportunity to pass the examination. So far, CBSE has been providing this opportunity to the students in the form of compartment exams. As per the NEP recommendations, the Board has released the date sheets to proceed with conducting the examinations. When the pandemic first hit the country and lockdown was imposed, it hindered the smooth holding of the Board examinations. Hence, CBSE decided to formulate a new strategy so that in case the pandemic hits once again, students won’t have to wait for the results.
Consequently, the Board decided to hold the examinations in two parts: Term 1 and Term 2. Term 1 will entirely be an objective-type test while Term 2 will follow a subjective-type pattern. Hence, the date sheet for Term 1 examinations has been released so that students get sufficient time to prepare for the examinations. However, while talking about the results, Bharadwaj said that students will get to know the scores of the Term 1 examination after it is held. However, the final result will be released for both Term 1 and 2.
As per a CBSE circular released on cbse.gov.in, the Board has stated that the classification of subjects for the Term 1 examination has been done on administrative grounds. The decision to bifurcate the Term 1 examinations separately for minor and major subjects is based on the number of appearing candidates. This, however, does not reflect the importance of subjects into minor and major. The minor subjects include regional languages, applied mathematics, English elective, etc. From an academic point of view, every subject is important for the examination. The reason why they have been put under the minor category is for administrative convenience. Hence, all subjects in both classes 10 and 12 will have equal importance.