CBSE has taken a decision to withdraw OTBA that is Open Text Book Assessment from 2017-18 session wide notification dated February 1, 2017. OTBA was an assessment for Class 9 and Class 11 students who are studying from CBSE Board.OTBA was introduced in the year March 2014.
CBSE had already released the OTBA Material for class 9 and 11 on its official website on December 5, 2016, for the academic session 2017-18. The material was released in Hindi and English Language for the following subjects. Each subject constituted 10 marks for OTBA Assessment.
- Class 9 - The material was released for these subjects: English, Hindi, Social Science, Science and Mathematics
- Class 11: The OTBA material was released for subjects: Biology, Geography and Economics
CBSE Notification for Withdrawal of OTBA
The main Objective of OTBA was to relieve the students from the burden of mugging up the information for a particular subject. OTBA aimed to develop the ability in students to acquire the skill of information processing and also develop a deeper understanding of the subject so that they can make effective use of memory
The OTBA was withdrawn because it was able to achieve only a small part of this objective and based on the feedback of the stakeholders the resolution was passed by the Governing body to withdraw OTBA from the 2017-18 academic session itself.