Education Department of Karnataka has released model question papers for all languages and subjects taught as part of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) curriculum. The state education board has planned on cancelling the II PU board exams 2021. However, the board has planned to conduct the SSLC or Class 10 board exams for the academic year 2020-21. The revised timetable for the Class 12 board exams is yet to come out. However, as of now, students can solve these model question papers to boost their preparation for the upcoming board exams.
The model question papers were recently released on the official website sslc.karnataka.gov.in by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board. To access the question papers, candidates must visit the official website and hover their mouse pointer on the ‘Records’ section. A drop-down menu will appear in which they must click on the “SSLC” option and then the “Question Papers” option. A new link shall open in which aspirants must click on the “Sample Questionnaires” option. Thereafter, they must click on the “SSLC Main Examination 2021 Model Question Papers (Multiple choice questions – OMR based)” option and access the model papers. The board has released two model question papers each for all languages and subjects. Different languages taught within the state have been covered including Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, English, Marathi and Sanskrit. These are part of the first language section.
The second language section comprises of model papers for English and Kannada. Lastly, for the third language section, Hindi, Kannada, English, Sanskrit, Arabic, Urdu, Tulu and Konkani have been covered. Other than languages, the board has also created model question papers for three subjects – Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Both model question papers for each subject are available in English and Kannada mediums. Students are advised to solve these papers well-in advance before the commencement of Class 10 or SSLC 2021 board exams.
The SSLC 2021 are scheduled to be conducted next month, preferably in the third week of July 2021. By then it is assumed that the coronavirus situation shall stabilise within Karnataka and in the entire country. From the pandemic standpoint, various changes have been incorporated in the SSLC exam pattern as well as its execution.
To begin with, the number of exam centres have been increased this year in comparison to last year. For example, in 2020, there were a total of 145 exam centres collectively in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada. However, this year, the number of centres has increased to 256, to minimise the risk of coronavirus. This is also to ensure that students get to appear for exams near their residential areas.
Last year, the maximum number of students permitted at each centre was 850. However, in 2021, each centre is allowed to manage only 250 Class 10 students. Furthermore, block education officers have been entrusted with the task of arranging vehicles for students from Kerala to appear for the exam at border area centres in Karnataka. Even, private students shall be allowed to appear for exams at their taluk headquarters as opposed to the district headquarters.
SSLC or Class 10 board exams 2021 students have to appear for the OMR-based offline exams rather than theory-based written exams. Furthermore, the exam shall be of 40 marks. A detailed examination schedule shall be released soon on the official website sslc.karnataka.gov.in.