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CBSE unveils new exam format for classes VI to IX

Mar 23rd, 2017

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The Central Board of Secondary Education has formally eliminated the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme for classes VI to IX, which was followed in CBSE affiliated schools since 2009. It will be replaced in the coming academic year (2017-18) with a new format being: `uniform system of assessment, examination and report card’- that aims at standardising teaching and evaluation across all schools.


All students are required to be under “uniform assessment” process from Class VI onwards and schools will have to adhere to CBSE’s template, from examinations to report cards, which will also bear the logo of the board to be followed.


CBSE said its schools have been following various systems of assessment and examination in classes VI to IX. The board chairperson R K Chaturvedi said “The change is a step linked to the restoration of Class X board exams from 2018 being the aim”.


The new format is said to be a slow and progressive movement towards quality education through standardisation of teaching, assessment, examination and report card.


Emphasising on the need of this modification, R K Chaturvedi also stated that uniform standards had become imperative because the huge differences in the system were creating problems for students whenever they migrated to another school in a new city or even a new locality with the same city. The increase in CBSE affiliated schools from 309 in 1962 to 18,688 at present; a uniform system will ensure easy migration of students within CBSE schools and ease their difficulties while seeking admissions in new schools.


The new report cards for classes VI to VIII will be identical with rows which specify the terms, periodic, notebook, subject enrichment and half yearly yearly marks scored in each subject and the corresponding grades. It will also have co-scholastic assessment where students will be graded on a 3-point scale.


The format changes in Class IX where the report card will have scores of a single yearly term comprising a periodic test, notebook, subject enrichment and annual examination. Under the CCE scheme students were assessed based on two term-end `summative assessments’ and four formative assessments (two each in each terms).Sixty percent of the assessment was pen-paper tests, while 40% formative assessment during the year was continuous evaluation by teachers based on various activities.


The new scheme too has two terms, but the pen-paper test weightage will be now 90%, which includes the 80 marks of the half yearly or yearly exam and 10 marks of the 20 marks set aside for periodic assessment in each term. Each term will be of 100 marks of which 10 marks will be for note book submission and subject enrichment (five marks each) under periodic assessment.


While the half-yearly (term 1) exams for all the classes from VI onwards will be based on syllabus covered till the exam time, the syllabus for yearly exams will have a slightly different format. These exams will increasing cover more of term 1 syllabus, starting with 10% for Class VI, 20% for Class VII and 30% for Class VIII.


The primary objective of this change is togradually prepare the students for Class 9th examinations and also for the higher classes where they have to appear in the exams for the whole year’s syllabus.


The key pointers to this new policy are as follows :

– Uniform assessment and examination from classes 6 to 9 from the Academic Year 2017-18

– All report cards to be issued with CBSE logo on the left and the school logo on the right

– No detention policies till class 8 with schools required to give grades in the assigned CBSE format

– Classes VI to IX will have 2 exams – Term 1 and Term 2.

– Each exam of 100 marks will consist of  20 marks for periodic assessments and 80 marks for written examination

– Periodic assessment of 20 marks would consist of notebook submission (5 marks), subject enrichment (5 marks) and periodic tests (10 marks)

– Yearly exam (Term 2) to include 10% of 1st term syllabus in 6th Std, 20% of 1st term syllabus in 7thStd and 30 % of 1st term syllabus in 8th Std.

– Subjects would include – 3 languages, Maths, Science and Social Science with 1 other subject (For eg Computers)


The standardised exam pattern across all schools and the new design of the exam pattern for eventually preparing students for Class X is definitely going to yield better results of the students in the Board exams as compared to the previous CCE evaluation pattern which had become a pain point for the students.


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