The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided on giving 30 minutes of extra time for the open book exams to students of Class IX & XI in the March 2014 final exams. CBSE has introduced The Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) as a section within the main question paper. The OTBA will be an addition to the last years’ question paper pattern.
The CBSE, Director Sadhana Parashar wrote to schools stating that the OTBA will be in addition to the usual questions set for three hours. Schools are directed to give 3 - 3 1/2hours to students in each subjects where open text based assessment is introduced. This time is in addition to the 15 minutes given to read the question paper.
OTBA will be conducted only for students of Class IX & XI as a part of the final exams in March. For students of Std IX the OTBA material has been released for main subjects like English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. For students of Std XI, the text material is for Geography, Economics and Biology. OTBA is applicable only to these subjects this year.
The text material is given months in advance. Students will be allowed to refer to it while doing their exams. The Central Board of Secondary Education has ensured that this process does not dilute the process of conducting an exam. The board also stated that it has reworked the marks distribution to accommodate OTBA scores in the main subject marks itself. The question paper in the main subjects at SA-II will be for 90 marks (in English, of 70 marks + 20 marks for assessment of speaking and listening skills). This is based on the syllabus and question paper design.
The question paper in each subject will have a section of 10 marks for OTBA, which will be made up of text material along with two or three questions based on the text. The questions based on the text will be of HOTS which require students to apply to the situation given in the article/report/case study and they have to draw inferences/conclusions from. Questions will be open ended. Students have to estimate or conclude in relation to the question and justify their view point.
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