The Central Board of Secondary Education answers questions relating to its examinations from The Hindu's readers. Readers are welcome to send in more questions, primarily those relating to the Class X and XII examinations, to cbsehelp@thehindu.co.in, which will be forwarded to the CBSE. Answers to a select number of them will be published in these columns in subsequent instalments. The purpose of this series is also to help students overcome examination-related stress.

I would like to know whether CBSE grants any grace marks to students who participate in National School Games (SGFI) or Kendriya Vidyalaya Nation 1 Athletic Meets. If yes, the quantum of marks granted may be informed.

As per the scheme for upgrading the Grades for Class IX students who excel in co-scholastic areas (including sports), the benefit shall be given to the students who win I/II positions/prizes in competitions held at State-level and/or for participation in competitions held at national/international-level organized by a body recognised by the State/Central government /CBSE. Any competition organised by such agencies related to the co-scholastic areas included in the Board's CCE Card may be considered for giving this benefit. Those students who qualify under this provision will benefit by getting their grade up-scaled to the next higher grade in two subjects provided this benefit has not been given to the student under the aforesaid grade point scheme.

I am in Class X and writing school-conducted examination. Can I have the time table of SA2 exam conducted in the school?

According to Circular No. 8/19.1.2012 regarding conduct of Class IX and X examination under Summative Assessment-II to be held in February/March, 2012, the schools have been instructed to design their own date sheet for the class IX-X. Hence, you may refer to your school.

I have a query regarding English examination, with respect to the answer key provided for checking. Teachers have their own perspectives while checking. Why can't the CBSE prescribe a specific format for every subject? For example, under the language section, should notices or letters be answered in a uniform format by all appearing for the exam?

The Marking Scheme provided by CBSE for the Board's Question Paper is comprehensive, objective and detailed, covering all aspects of questions including formats.

Will the results for CBSE Class X and 3B School-Based Exams SA2 2012 be announced at the same time or separately? Why do CBSE schools have different criteria with respect to Class XI admission? Some schools say if the students want to continue in the same school they have to take only the school exams. Some other schools are willing to admit students who have taken the Board exam also. Also, some CBSE schools collect fees in advance from students in Class X for admission to Class XI in the same school fearing loss of students (revenue) to other schools. Please clarify.

The results for the CBSE-conducted and school-conducted Summative Assessment examination will be declared at the same time, the dates of which will be communicated to you in due course of time.

As far as the CBSE is concerned, there is no discrimination between students who opt for Board-conducted examination or school-conducted examination for admission to Class XI.

I am in Class XI. I want to change my subject from the next academic session. Is it possible?

As per the Scheme of Examination, the change of subjects in Class XI may be allowed by the Head of the school but not later than October 31 of that academic session. No candidate shall be permitted to change his/her subject of study after passing Class XI.

My son is in Class X. He has opted for school-based examination for SA-II. But now, he wants to choose State Board syllabus for his higher secondary course. Can he change the stream even though he has opted for school-based exam?

Yes.

I am in Class XII. In Maths, will we be awarded full marks if we write only the answers for one-mark question and not any step?

Deepa R.

For one mark question, you have to provide only answer and not any step.

Question 3

What is the procedure to be followed for CCE in Class X and XII exams?

As far as the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) of subjects under Scholastic area A (such as the main subjects and additional subjects offered by the Board) for Class X is concerned, the units specified for each of Terms 1 and 2 shall be assessed through both Formative and Summative assessments. In each term, there will be two formative assessments comprising projects, practical, assignments, Unit tests, Quizzes, etc each carrying 10 per cent weightage. For the year 2011-12, the weightage assigned to Class X Summative Assessment I will be 20 per cent and that for Term II will be 40 per cent. The Assessment in the subjects under Scholastic Area B (such as Work Education/Art Education/Physical & Health Education) and co-scholastic areas shall be undertaken by the schools in terms of grades as per the Scheme of Studies. So far CCE has not been introduced for Board Examination of Class XII.

I am in Class X. Could you please send me some sample papers for practice?

Please ask your teachers to give you more questions for practice based on the question paper design and blueprint uploaded on the CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in. You may also see the Question paper and Marking Scheme of last year's Summative assessment II available on the CBSE website.

What is the difference between the Board-based exam and school-based exam for Class X? What are the features of the school-based exam?

Yash Kumar, Begusarai, Bihar

As far as the Summative Examination I of Class X is concerned, all students irrespective of whether studying in secondary schools or senior secondary schools will be appearing in the school-conducted examination during September on the syllabus and question paper design as prescribed for Term I by the Board.

The Board-conducted Summative Examination II is for such students who are studying in secondary schools or of senior secondary schools who have opted to move out of the CBSE system and join another Board. The syllabus and question paper design for Summative Examination II conducted by the Board & by the schools is the same as prescribed by CBSE for second term.

The only difference is that students of school-conducted examination will appear in their own school where as those of Board-conducted will appear in the allotted centres.

The date sheet for the Board-conducted Summative Examination-II has been announced and regarding school-conducted examination the schools have been directed to conduct the examination as per guidelines prescribed in Circular No.8 dated January 19, 2012.

The answer copies of Board-conducted examination will be centrally evaluated at designated centres whereas those of school-conducted exams, by the school teachers based on the marking schemes supplied by the Board. However, in both the cases, the result will be announced at the same time on the dates announced by the Board. The school-based Assessment certificates to be issued by the Board will also be the same for all school students.

I am appearing for Board-conducted exams. Please send me model question papers for Class X.

Niranjan Sai, Vidyanjali School, Kakinada

The Sample Question Papers in various subjects for the Summative Examination II have been uploaded on the CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in.

It is understood that Informatics Practices is offered as an elective subject in some of the Kendriya Vidyalayas under Commerce stream for Class XI - XII. Could you please elaborate on the course content of this subject?

C. Gopi, Karur

As far as CBSE is concerned, Informatics Practices is one of the electives offered by the Board at senior school level. You may refer to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan regarding its policy to offer the elective to Commerce students. The subject has JAVA programming, database through My SQL and Computer Networking.

In the following link http://syllabus.icbse.com/cbse-social-science-syllabus-Class-20102011/ I find the syllabus. But it is mentioned therein that it is for year 2011. I do not find anything for 2012. Should I assume that the syllabus for 2011 holds good for 2012 without any change?

Anantha Sri Sailapathi

You may refer to the Secondary Curriculum for the Summative Examination 2012 uploaded on the CBSE website at the URL: http://cbse.nic.in/currisyllabus/SECONDARY_VOL_1_FINAL_1_JUNE_2010.pdf. The bifurcated syllabus for Summative Examination II, March 2012 for Class IX and X is given in the Question Paper Design and Sample Question Papers uploaded on the CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in.

My son is studying Class X in Chennai. This year till now we haven't seen sample papers for Science, Maths and Social on the CBSE website. We would like to know when the paper would be published on the website.

J. Vanathi

The Sample Question Papers in various subjects for Classes IX and X for Summative Examination 2012 are available on the CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in under the Examination Section.

My son is a Class XII student. I would like to get previous five years' Board exam question and answer papers. Please let me know where can I get the same in Chennai?

Sankara Subramanian

The CBSE website gives Sample Question Papers and previous year's question papers and marking scheme only. You may have to ask the teacher concerned for developing good practice questions based on the design and blueprint prescribed by the Board.

Our daughter is studying Class XII (Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology) in Bangalore. The CBSE syllabus is tougher, compared to the State syllabus. Students of the State board syllabus are able to score more marks, the deciding factor for higher studies like Engineering and Medical. Will the CBSE consider liberal correction of answer papers this year? It need not dilute the standards, but will it avoid lengthy question papers and tough set of questions? Most of the State syllabus students get easy straight forward questions and easily score above 90 per cent, thanks also to liberal correction. Any solution?

S. Anantha Narayanan

The Question Papers for the Board's examination are based on the Question Paper Design uploaded on the CBSE website. The students' answers are evaluated by the evaluators strictly based on the Marking scheme provided by the Board.

Will the question in Maths board exam come from miscellaneous exercises?

Rahul Kumar

The question paper in Maths Board exam will be based on the syllabus given in the curriculum document 2012.

Could you send me model question papers of Class X Communicative English?

Salahudheen. P

The sample Question Papers of all subjects including Communicative English for Summative Examinations of Class IX/X have been uploaded on the CBSE website.

I am a Grade XII student and have opted for the Commerce stream. In Business Studies, is it necessary to study the boxes and sources given in the textbook? Will questions be asked from these boxes?

Namita Krishnamurthy

The information given in boxes and sources in the textbook is for enriching and extending the learning of students. Hence their study is very important even though questions in Board Examination are not directly based on them.

Will the final mark sheet include the marks of both terms (SA-1+SA-2) or only SA-2?

Avtaar Mourya

The Certificate of School Based Assessment of Class X will reflect the grades of all Formative Assessments (I,II,III,IV) and Summative Assessments (I & II) taken in both the terms.

I am studying Class XII in Tamil Nadu. Please let me know the colleges whose admission is based on the CBSE marks, and also the entrance exams other than IITJEE and AIEEE.

Ganesan Balamurugan

You will have to refer to individual college's website/brochure.

I am attending school-based exam. Can I change my school after Class X?

Nitesh Kumar

Yes. The students who have opted for school-conducted Summative Assessment can move out of the school and seek admission in the school of their choice based on their performance reflected in School Based Assessment Certificate and the admission policy of the Board.

I have registered for Class XII improvement exam. Please tell me how will I get my hall ticket.

Sachin T

Kindly refer to your school for your this.

Some of the testing tools suggested by the CBSE, when applied in practice, mostly get polarized, ultimately losing its charm and resolve. Will the CBSE suggest norms, regulations and rubrics for each and every tool that are administered? What is the KRA that the CBSE really aims at with regard to the outcome of a child's potential on completion of Class I through X? Give some tangible outcomes that can stand testimony to the quality of education imparted to the child and which can reflect the potential of the school and teachers involved.

Nachiappan

Your observation has been noted. You may write to us separately giving your specific observations.

I am a Class X student in an ICSE school. I plan to shift to a CBSE school for Class XI and XII. However, I have heard that classes for XI will begin on April 9 in CBSE schools, before the declaration of the ICSE Board exam results. Please advise.

Keerthana Venkatesan

The academic session in CBSE-affiliated schools generally begins April 1 onwards every year. Please contact the school where you wish to seek admission to know about its admission procedure and other details.

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