Press Esc to close
Thursday 02 October 2014
News updated at 5:54 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.9°C
Min : 20.7°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Open-book exam likely for CBSE students

Prakash Kumar, New Delhi, June 28, 2012, DHNS:

HRD Ministry planning to introduce it next year

Taking cue from the US and the UK, the Human Resource Development Ministry plans to introduce an open-book examination system for class X and Class XII at the CBSE schools to do away with the system of rote learning.

According to top sources in the ministry, a committee on school examination reforms, headed by CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi, is working to give final shape to the proposal. The ministry is keen on introducing the new examination system in the CBSE schools in 2013.

Under the system, situation-based subjective type questions would be set that would require a student to think, analyse and apply his knowledge to arrive at the answer.


This will assess the students’ understanding of their subjects and encourage critical thinking instead of their capacity to memorise and reproduce the same, which causes much “stress” on their minds.
Although, it is being termed as open-book examination, students will not be allowed to answer questions while keeping books with them in the examination hall. They will rather be informed in advance about the passages or chapters in their books from where questions will be asked.

“The basic objective behind introducing the open-book examination system is to encourage students towards understanding the subject rather than just memorising the contents of their books and reproduction of the same in the examination. A shift in emphasis to testing the competencies away from memory would certainly reduce stress among children,” a ministry official said.

Another aspect is that it will have a “tremendous impact” on promoting the right mental sets in both learning and teaching, subsequently adding value to the education system, he said.

The system has been successfully introduced in countries like the US and UK where analytical question papers are prepared to assess students’ understanding of a subject than their memory.

In these countries, though candidates are allowed to keep their textbooks with them in the examination halls, they are of no use as questions are set in such a way that they cannot find direct answers just by flipping pages, the official said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Nokia India Sales Marketing Director Raghuvesh Swarup launches the new Nokia Lumia ...

Nokia India Sales Marketing Director Raghuvesh Swarup launches the new Nokia Lumia ...

India's Mary Kom is lifted by her coach after she won the gold in women's flyweight boxing ...

India's Mary Kom is lifted by her coach after she won the gold in women's flyweight boxing ...

Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen attends the Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai ...

Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen attends the Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai ...

A huge statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bengaluru a day before its inauguration ...

A huge statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bengaluru a day before its inauguration ...

Silver medal winner India's Tintu Luka poses at the podium during the medal ceremony ...

Silver medal winner India's Tintu Luka poses at the podium during the medal ceremony ...

Boxer Mary Kom kisses shares a moment with her kid after winning the gold medal ...

Boxer Mary Kom kisses shares a moment with her kid after winning the gold medal ...

Damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided near Gorakhpur ...

Damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided near Gorakhpur ...

India's boxer Sarita cries at the podium after refusing to accept the bronze medal ...

India's boxer Sarita cries at the podium after refusing to accept the bronze medal ...

People look at the damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided ...

People look at the damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided ...

Indian tennis legend and global ambassador of the sport, Vijay Amritraj addressing during ...

Indian tennis legend and global ambassador of the sport, Vijay Amritraj addressing during ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523