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Academic Update For The Year 2021-22 In CBSE Class 10 New Exam Format - Considered Beneficial!

Updated on 02 November 2021
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Updated on 02 November 2021

For the first time in the CBSE board's history, the council made an exceptional choice this year, cancelling class 10th and 12th exams due to the COVID pandemic. The CBSE new exam format for the academic year 2022 is notably different from previous years.

In the previous years, CSBE examinations were carried out at the end of the year, but the board has now declared that the examinations will be conducted twice in the academic session 2021-22. The academic session is divided into two terms — Term I exams of a duration of 90 minutes in November-December 2021 and Term II exams will be conducted in March-April 2022 at centres. The change in the format has raised several questions in the minds of students/Teachers and Parents as well.

Here are some questions that must be in your mind now: Is the new format beneficial for students?

Read - CBSE Class 10 exam Preparation

 If so, how? What effects and changes will this new exam format have? In this article, we will discuss whether or not this new CBSE format is beneficial for students.

CBSE New Exam Format & Why CBSE Board Changed The examination pattern?

The previous pattern followed by CBSE was to hold single-board exams at the end of the academic session. Whereas, The new pattern exams are going to be held twice in a year. The internal assignment marks will also be taken into consideration to evaluate the final marks in the board examination. The exams are divided into two phases-



Exam Format



90 minutes (1.5 hours)

MCQ based questions



2 hours

Brief-Detailed Questions

CBSE Board has faced various problems itself since 2020 due to the rise in COVID cases in the middle of the examination period; the exams were set on hold at that time considering the exams for core subjects, respectively.

CBSE decided to change the exam system for the 2022 batch, as proposed in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The aim of CBSE new exam format is to make the examination process student-friendly, Transparent and Future-Oriented. 


The updated exam format is getting mixed feedback from teachers and students. Some are encouraging it while others are against it. Let us review some of them here- 

  1. “Some students feel that they will have more time to focus on various entrance and competitive exams.”This is true as the previous students studied the entire CBSE Class 10 Term 1 syllabus and Term 2 curriculum. The syllabus is now trimmed, allowing students enough time for reviewing the concepts that are needed in studying for the All India exams.

  1. Some believe the CBSE new exam format was taken up in 2020, when the whole country was hit by COVID, rather than sponsoring students with a Promotion that resulted in good grades for all. Also, some students are less concerned about studying and with this exam pattern they will not be able to adjust well at higher levels of their education studying and this is harmful to their career. 

  1. As exams used to be held at the end of the academic year with detailed questions, the students memorized too much, but this new exam scheme will reduce memorizing. The new exam format is a kind of semester-only system, like colleges/universities, where students are expected to get into both theory and practice rather than simply memorizing information based on the books.

  1. The bifurcation of terms will help in reducing peer pressure on students. Because the course is divided, you will have the chance to go through different types of questions, which is beneficial from an entrance exam point of view. For example, MCQs and detailed questions are part of entrance exams.

Read - CBSE Class 10 Term 1 Exam Guidelines

Key Question- Is the new CBSE exam format beneficial for students? 

Class 10 new MCQ exam format along with Detailed Question-Answer Format will be beneficial if implemented effectively, though the CBSE board should be well prepared with other exam alternatives if the Pandemic scenario rises again. 

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