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No Open Book Exams For CBSE Class 10th 12th in 2024-25

No Open Book Exams For CBSE Class 10th 12th in 2024-25 | Real Academy

CBSE Decides Against Open Book Exams for Class 10th and 12th 


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that open book exams will not be introduced for the year 2024 for CBSE class 10 and CBSE class 12. Instead a trial run of these assessments will be conducted in selected schools, for classes 11th.


In a statement the CBSE mentioned that they are planning a trial run of open book assessments in schools focusing on subjects like English, mathematics and science for Classes 9 and 10 and English, mathematics and biology for Classes 11 and 12. The main objective is to understand the time students take to complete these tests and gather input from stakeholders.


This move comes after discussions during a board meeting in December 2023 where it was highlighted that the trial aims to assess factors such as completion time suitability for summative assessments well as feedback from stakeholders.


A senior official from the board stated, "This initiative aligns with recommendations outlined in the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). These examinations will undergo a trial phase in schools to evaluate aspects including completion time suitability for summative assessment as well, as perceptions of stakeholders. "During open book exams students are permitted to use their notes and textbooks which helps in developing thinking abilities such, as analysis and problem solving. Although not widely adopted yet the decision by CBSE indicates a looking transition towards competency focused assessment approaches, in CBSE academic exams.”



No open book exams will be conducted by CBSE for Class 10th and 12th this year in 2024


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made the decision to implement open book examinations (OBE) as a pilot program, for Classes 9 and 11 only excluding Classes 10 and 12 for the year 2024 25. Initially the board had approved the idea of book exams for all classes from Class 9 to Class 12 in December; however logistical concerns have led to a revision in their approach.


The pilot project will kick off in schools this year and is expected to expand in the following years as per CBSE secretary Himanshu Gupta. Initially CBSE had intended to carry out the pilot program across six subjects among these four classes. The focus of this pilot will be on assessing higher order thinking skills, application, analysis, creative thinking, well, as problem solving abilities according to the CBSE board.



CBSE open book exam 2024: Some classes have been excluded from OBE Format


The CBSE had initially planned to introduce trial open book exams, for students in Classes 9 and 11 based on suggestions from its curriculum committee. Originally the subjects for the pilot included English, science and mathematics for Classes 9 and 10 as English, mathematics and biology for Classes 11 and 12. However there has been a change in plans.


According to the decision the open book exam (OBE) pilot will only be carried out for students in Classes 9 and 11. Students in Classes 10 and 12 will not be part of the pilot program during the year of 2024 25. The pilot will commence in a schools initially and is set to expand in the following academic year of 2025-26.


Mr. Gupta mentioned that "The decision has been made to conduct the OBE pilot for students in Classes 9 and 11 only. There will not be an OBE, for Classes 10 and 12 this year. Initially the pilot will run in a schools. By the year of 2025 26 it will be expanded further. The aim is to focus on competency based assessment. "The reason, for this project is in line with the suggestions set out in the National Curriculum Framework for School Education (NCFSE) 2023 which emphasizes evaluating thinking abilities, suitability for summative assessments and seeking input from stakeholders, on open book evaluations."


Conclusion from Real Academy


The choice made by the CBSE to introduce a trial run of book exams, in Classes 9 and 11 is a move towards assessing students capabilities in a more comprehensive manner. This move towards competency focused evaluations sets the stage for a grasp and practical use of knowledge. Although students in Class 10 and 12 are not part of this initiative yet there is optimism for its adoption, in the future.



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CBSE No Open Book Exams for Class 10th 12th FAQs

Q: Why did CBSE choose not to hold book exams for Class 10th and 12th in 2024?

A: CBSE has opted to restrict the trial of book exams, to Class 9 and Class 11, for the academic year. This choice is intended to assess the practicality and impact of open book exams before extending them to grades.


Q. Do you think that open book exams might become a part of the Class 10th and 12th curriculum in the years?

A: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is considering extending the trial phase of book exams to grades, from the academic year 2025 26 depending on the results and input received during the initial trial period, in Class 9 and 11.


Q: How can open book tests help students?

A: Open book exams are designed to encourage thinking, the application of knowledge and a deeper grasp of subjects. They shift the focus from memorization to evaluating competency.


Q: Where can I get information, about CBSEs choice regarding open book exams?

A: To learn more you can check out the updates and notices, from CBSE on their website. Reach out to your school authorities.

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