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CBSE Board Exams 2024: Major Changes and Updates in Pattern and Datesheet

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced several changes in the 2024 board exam pattern. Based on the feedback received from stakeholders, these modifications aim to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the evaluation process. In this article, we will highlight the major changes and updates made by the CBSE for the 2024 board exams.

Changes in the CBSE Board Exam Pattern

  1. Removal of Answer Books in Accountancy:
    The CBSE has decided to do away with separate answer books that were provided for the subject of Accountancy. From the 2024 board exams, normal lines answer books, as provided in other subjects in Class 12, will be used for Accountancy as well. This decision was taken based on feedback received from stakeholders.
  2. No Announcement of Overall Division, Distinction, or Aggregate:
    CBSE has announced that no overall division, distinction, or aggregate will be awarded to students appearing for the Class 10 and Class 12 exams in 2024. The Board has decided to come to this decision after receiving multiple requests from candidates to intimate the criteria for calculating the percentage of students.
  3. Special Arrangements for Sports Participants and Olympiad Candidates:
    CBSE has also announced special arrangements for students participating in national or international sports events and international Olympiads. The Board will conduct special exams at a later date for these students who might not be able to appear for the Class 10 and Class 12 exams. No separate or special CBSE 2024 examination opportunity will be available for compartment and practical exams. This decision was taken to promote sports and educational competitions among the youth. To avail this, students’ participation in sports must have a recognition from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), and the Olympiad must be recognized by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE).
  4. Release of Sample Question Papers and Marking Scheme:
    The CBSE has released 60 sample question papers for Class 10 and 77 for Class 12. Students can access them on the official website, cbseacademic.nic.in. The marking scheme is also available, along with marks for each answer.
  5. Board Exams Twice a Year, Best Score to be Retained:
    As per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the new curriculum framework (NCF), CBSE board exams will be conducted twice a year, allowing students to retain their best score. Students can appear for a board exam in subjects they have completed and feel prepared for. Importantly, students of Class 11 and 12 will now have to study two languages, with at least one being an Indian language. Students will also have flexibility in choosing the subjects they want to study regardless of their stream.

Conclusion

In conclusion, CBSE’s updates and changes to the 2024 board exam pattern aim to provide a fair and effective evaluation process for students. The CBSE’s decision to remove answer books from Accountancy and not announcing an overall division, distinction, or aggregate in the exams will add to the evaluation’s equitable nature. Furthermore, the special arrangements made for sports participants and Olympiad candidates will promote sports and educational competition, and conducting board exams twice a year, retaining the best score and allowing flexibility in choosing subjects will help students to excel in their academic pursuit. It is essential that students stay updated with these new changes and prepare accordingly.

Please note that the information provided is derived from the data you shared and based on the official CBSE notifications. It is recommended that students visit the official CBSE website and stay updated on any further announcements or revisions to their exam pattern.

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