CBSE To Discontinue Blue Prints, Sample Question Papers & Marking Schemes

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue the practice of providing Blue Print, Sample Question Papers and Marking Schemes in classes IX and X, with effect from Summative Assessment-II (SA-II) of 2012-13. The Board used to issue Blue Prints, Sample Question Papers and Marking Schemes in all major subjects in classes IX and X to provide a model template to serve as a guide for entailing uniformity in assessment, proper coverage of the curricula and validity (and therefore reliability) of assessment.

However, according to the board, a large section of students and examiners punctiliously follow these documents which results in precluding much advocated open ended approach and diversity in expression, style and content. The blue print further micro-categorizes items into difficult, average and easy with specific allotment of marks to each category which again limits the framing of a particular type of question from a particular topic or chapter.

The weightings in the revised format will be assigned to entire units as mentioned in the curriculum as an alternative of chapter wise weighting given earlier.

The SA-II will rather follow a more comprehensive structure of examination and flexible patterns. The structure of examination along with unit wise weighting for English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Science and Social Science together with pools of exemplar items will be very shortly available on the academic websites of CBSE (www.cbseacademic.in) and will also be circulated to all the schools affiliated to the board.

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