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Students will have to write more in the Class XII history examination this year. The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to change the question paper pattern by raising the word limit for long answers and reducing number of questions. CBSE officials felt students are not being able to express themselves suitably and there has been a gradual decline in the writing capability of students. This new pattern, for Class XII history, will be effective for this year's Board examination. Marks for each question in the long answer section have been increased to 10 from eight and the suggested word limit for answers has been enhanced to 500. The number of very short questions (of two marks) has been reduced to three from five. On being asked whether this is the return of long-pattern questions, CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said; “The question paper will continue to have two long answer questions, but we have increased the marks and word limit.
The idea is to give more space to students to express themselves. We have found that there is a gradual deterioration in writing capabilities over the years and 250 words for a subjective answer is a little too less to for a detailed answer”. In all, the question paper will comprise 18 questions, including two long answer questions of 10 marks each, followed by eight short answer questions of five marks each. There will be three passage based questions of eight marks each. Apart from these, there will be three very short answer questions of two marks each and two map work of five marks each in the history paper. “The Board is also planning to introduce changes in other subjects from 2013 Board examinations. We are going to introduce similar changes in other subjects such as well from next year, bringing in subjectivity in the answering pattern by the students”, said Joshi. “The Board officials assured that objectivity will be maintained in the marking scheme and during evaluation. Even as we make the students write long answers, we will maintain objectivity in the marking schemes”, he said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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