‘Open book’ exam for CBSE students!



‘Open book’ exams are not wishful thinking anymore, it’s coming for real! The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) would be introducing an 'open book' section in the final exams for classes 9, 10 and 11 from this academic year and for class 12 boards from next year (2014-15).

So, what do you think? Open book exam means taking your books inside the exam hall? Well, it’s not going to be that easy but what will happen now is that students will be given case studies in each subject, four months in advance. All questions will be from the given material and the section will carry 20% weightage. The idea behind introducing the 'open book system' is to do away with rote learning and improve students' ability to understand and apply concepts.

The subjects included for the open book sections are:

  • For classes IX and X – All subjects (Mathematics, Social science, Science and Languages)
  • For Class X – Biology, Economics, Geography and a language

The case studies for the final exams will be given to students in November 2013 as the exams usually begin in March. Senior CBSE officials confirmed that the open book section will apply to class X board exams in 2014 and to class XII exams in 2015, as reported by The Times of India.

Subsequently, the open book exam will be a part of the Summative Assessment II for class IX and also for those students who opt for school-based class X exams under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme instead of the board exams.

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