CBSE announces major examination reforms for Class X Maths

Two-levels of examination from 2020 * Mathematics Basic & Mathematics Standard * Multiple options in Compartmental exams
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Port Blair
11 Jan 2019

In a major reform, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students appearing in the Board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards. Accepting the unrealistic stress the subject can have on students who do not wish to further pursue the subject, the Board shared its plan to test students on Mathematics Basic and Mathematics Standard, while the present level and curriculum of mathematics would remain the same. As per a circular issued by the Board on Thursday, all students would be instructed the same course and explained the concepts in the same manner. But, the difference lies in how the students would be assessed during the board examinations.
The two levels of Examination will be held in the subject of Mathematics in the Board examination for Class X in the year 2020 and the same shall not be applicable to the internal assessment in class X. There shall not be two levels of Assessment/Examination for class IX. First level would be the same as the existing one, and the other would be an easier level, the circular said. The nomenclature for the two examinations will be - Mathematics-Standard for the existing level of examination and Mathematics-Basic for the easier level of examination. The syllabus, class room teaching and internal assessment for both the levels of examination would remain the same; so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and are able to decide upon the level of Board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities.
The Standard level will be meant for students who wish to opt for Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level and the Basic level would be for students not keen to pursue Mathematics at higher levels. A student will have the right to choose between the two levels of Examination at the time of submission of List of Candidates (LoC) by the affiliated school to the Board online. In case student fails at any level of Mathematics, he/she can appear at the compartment examination as per norms of the Board and will be given options. Students, who fail in Mathematics Basic will have to appear for Mathematics Basic in the compartment exams, while those who fail in Mathematics Standard can appear for either Mathematics Standard or Mathematics Basic. A student who qualifies the Mathematics-Basic, shall be given an option to appear in Mathematics-Standard at the time of Compartment exams as per norms of the Board, in case he/she changes his/her mind to pursue Mathematics at Senior Secondary level, read the circular.
Frequently Asked questions (FAQs) on the two level of Mathematics are available in the website of CBSE. Design for both the levels of question papers as per curriculum for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards will be made available on in due course of time. Detailed guidelines regarding the filling up of List of Candidates (LOC) for the examination in 2020 shall be issued separately to the affiliated schools at the time of filling up of LOC, added the circular issued by the Director (Academics) of the Board.