Schools need to conduct mock exam sessions for students while there is still a month to go before the actual Term 1 exams begin, to get the students to reconcile with the new pattern of question papers.
It is after much deliberation that the CBSE has finally taken the call to conduct the CBSE Term 1 Board examinations Offline. Though the format will be objective and challenging for the students, it is prudent that the examinations be conducted offline as the power and internet infrastructure in most parts of India do not support conducting such critical examinations online.
Permitting students to apply for a centre change for giving the offline examinations is also a flexibility given by the CBSE to ensure that all students who are not in the city housing their school can also safely give the examinations without having to travel.
The CISCE Board also after postponing the exam schedule, announced moving from Online to Offline mode, which was prudent based on the above issues related to connectivity and power supply.
Considering the unexpected situation arising in the last 18 months, the CBSE has taken the call to split the curriculum into two parts. The examinations, though, could be in the subjective pattern as earlier also, because the students are already struggling with new teaching patterns. If the students are going to school for giving 90 minute objective paper, they may as well go to school for giving a 180 minute subjective question paper.
The Importance of the Term 1 Examination
It is crucial for students to understand why this Term1 Board exam is important, and this is why:
- The CBSE will take into consideration the marks of both the Term 1 and Term 2 examination while preparing the final results, as well as the Internal assessment.
- Under any circumstance, if the Term 1 examinations are not held, then the performance of Term 1 examination will be considered as final.
- 30% of the syllabus is being considered for the Term 1 examinations.
- Internal Assessment for Class 10 will consist of student enrichment, three periodic tests, portfolio, listening activities and practical work. Internal Assessment for Class 12 will include unit tests at the end of each topic, exploratory activities, practicals and projects.
The Board examination for Term 1 will be in the MCQ format and the answers will be given on an OMR sheet. With around 45 days left for the examinations, the students need to take into consideration the following things:
- The OMR sheets is best filled with a blue ballpoint pen. Do not use an ink pen or gel pen.
- Do not put any unnecessary mark on the OMR sheet.
- Put a space between the first name and second name on the spaces provided to ensure that the name is not cluttered.
- Do not attempt all questions if choices are available. Focus on solving the required number of questions perfectly.
- There should be no hurry to solve the MCQs. They should be solved very carefully.
- Do not mark any option in the MCQ without going through all the other options as well. Remember to check for words like “not”, “eventually”, true or false”, etc.
- Fill the answers on the OMR sheet as you complete the question. Do not wait till the end to do it.
- Don’t attempt difficult questions first. Revisit them towards the end.