More multiple-choice questions (MCQs) have been added to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) assessment scheme, which will be updated for the Class 10 and 12 board exams to be held in 2024, and questions requiring quick or long answers will be given less importance.
Such questions carried a 40% weightage during the most recent academic session. The objective questions or multiple-choice questions will contain 20% weighting. From 40% last year, the weighting for short- and long-answer questions has been decreased to 30%.
"The National Education Policy, 2020, has affirmed the need to move from rote learning to learning more focused on developing the creative and critical thinking capacities of students to meet the challenges of the 21st century proactively. The board is initiating changes in the examination and assessment practices for the academic session 2023-24 to align assessment to Competency Focused Education," said Joseph Emanuel, Director, CBSE (Academics).
40% of the questions in class 12 will be competency-focused, whether they take the shape of MCQs, case-based integrated questions, source-based questions, or any other type. The purpose of this, according to the sources, is to gradually align evaluation with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Though the board exams are set to undergo reform next year with the introduction of the New National Curriculum Framework (NCF), the change might only apply to the 2023–24 academic year.