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CBSE Class 10 Board Exam Pattern 2021-22

  • Last Updated : 17 Dec, 2021

From the academic year 2021-22, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to make several modifications to the board exam format for Class 10. The Board has begun to shift toward Competency-Based Education (CBE) in light of the new National Education Policy (NEP). Students will be asked more questions about how to apply what they’ve learned in class to real-life circumstances. The overall grade and examination time will remain unchanged. Examine the changes to the CBSE board test pattern for the 2021-22 school year.

The whole academic year will be divided into two terms under the new exam policy, and the board will conduct two exams, one at the end of each term.

CBSE Class 10 New Exam Pattern 2021-22

The syllabus for the Academic session 2021-22 will be organized into two terms using a methodical approach that includes subject specialists looking at the interdependence of concepts and topics. The Board will administer exams based on the divided syllabus at the end of each term.

The syllabus for the academic year 2021-22 will be rationalized in the same way as the previous academic session, and it will be announced in July 2021. Schools, on the other hand, shall follow the Board’s curriculum and syllabus for academic transactions.

To guarantee a fair distribution of marks, CBSE will make efforts to make Internal Assessment/Practical/Project work more credible and genuine, as per the rules and Moderation Policy to be released by the Board.

Examination Pattern

Internal assessment will comprise three periodic assessments, student enrichment, portfolio, and practical work/speaking and listening activities/projects throughout the year, regardless of Term I and II.

Term I

The Board will arrange the Term I Examination in a flexible timetable at the conclusion of the first term, with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools located across the country and overseas, to be held in December 2021. The dates for the examinations will be communicated later.

The Question Paper will have:

  • Case-based multiple Choice Questions,
  • Assertion-reasoning type MCQs,

(The test will last 90 minutes and will only cover the rationalized syllabus for Term I (about 50% of the whole syllabus)).

Term II

The Board would hold a Term II or Year-end Examination at the end of the second term, based only on the rationalized curriculum of Term II (i.e. approximately 50% of the entire syllabus).

  • This examination will take place in March-April 2022 at the Board’s designated examination centers.
  • The paper will last two hours and will include questions in a variety of styles (case-based/situation-based, open-ended-short response/long answer).

(If the circumstances do not allow for a traditional descriptive test, a 90-minute MCQ-based exam will be held at the conclusion of Term II).

Class 10 Subjects Scheme 

The table below shows the scheme of studies for class 10 students. There are 5 compulsory subjects, 2 optional subjects, and 2 subjects for internal assessment as shown below:

Evaluation Criteria for Term 1 and Term 2

  • There will be no annual test or year-end exam this year, unlike in past years.
  • The present grading method resembles a semester-based approach.
  • At the end of each Term, 1 and 2, there will be two distinct tests.
  • A student’s final grade will be determined by the results of both tests.
  • Internal Assessment marks will be factored into the total score calculation in the same way as they were in prior years.
  • The Board may issue new rules in order to increase openness in the school’s internal assessment process.

“Efforts would be taken to make internal assessment/practical/project work more credible and legitimate as per the rules and Moderation Policy to be released by the Board to guarantee equitable distribution of marks,” according to the CBSE Board’s circular.

Internal Assessment Scheme for Academic Year 2021-2022

 “Regardless of Term I and II,” CBSE Class 10 students will be expected to complete internal assessments throughout the year.

Subject-wise CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10 2021-22

The CBSE New Exam Pattern for each subject is as given below:

CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10 Maths

The mathematical question paper is divided into four sections each with 30 questions:

  • Very Short Answer Type(VSA) Questions – 6 questions of 1 mark each,
  • Short Answer Type Questions I – 6 questions of 2 marks each,
  • Short answer type questions II – 10 questions of 3 marks each and
  • Long Answer Type Questions – 8 questions of 4 marks each.

CBSE Exam Pattern For Class 10 Social Science

On the Social Science question paper, there are 25 questions from the core topic plus 1-3 questions based on map skills.

You may get the most recent and past CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam Patterns here:

CBSE Exam Pattern For Class 10 Science

The Science question paper has 27 questions split into two halves A and B.

  • Section A consists of two VSAs worth one mark each, three SA-Is worth two marks each, ten SA-IIs worth three points each, and six LAs for five marks each. The knowledge in Section A is based on the subject.
  • Section B consists of six two-mark questions based on practical knowledge.

Here is the most recent CBSE Class 10 Science Exam Pattern:

CBSE Exam Pattern for Class 10 English (Communicative)

The English question paper is divided into three sections: A, B, and C. There are 11 questions in all. The following is the CBSE English Exam Pattern for Class 10:

CBSE Class 10 Grading System 2021

Students are graded on a 9-point scale in the CBSE Class 10 test. Grades are assigned using formative and summative assessments, which translate to a range of marks. The following is a nine-point grading system:

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