January 8, 2013, 12:00 am
There is good news for students of class 12 exams. From 2014, class 12 students of maths and science from one particular education board will not be able to complain about having to face tougher question papers and marking systems than their counterparts studying under other boards.
The majority of educational boards conducting class 12 exams across the country have agreed in principle to have a common design of question paper to make the school-leaving exams as uniform as possible in terms of difficulty.
This is being done to give students a level playing field. Efforts began in 2010, when 20 educational boards, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations ( CISCE) adopted the core curriculum in maths and science.
From this year the JEE (main) merit list to be conducted by CBSE will give 40% weightage to board results. IIT board has asked CBSE to work on common design of question paper especially for Maths and Science.
Coordinating on behalf of the boards, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), a common platform for all educational boards in the country, has instituted a sub-committee comprising of state board members from Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Kerala and Rajasthan to work on the common design of question paper.
According to the new format of IIT –JEE, there will be one main paper and one advanced paper for each subject.
"We are going to have the first batch that will appear in Class XII exams from various boards based on the core curriculum. With a common design of question papers the difficulty level as well as marking system will be equivalent and therefore there will be complete uniformity in the system," said chairman of COBSE as well as CBSE, Vineet Joshi.
"Initially, once the design is ready, a pilot run will be introduced by five state boards for class XI. Based on the experience, and in case there is any need for improvement, finally it will be introduced in class XII from 2014. The idea is to have uniformity in the level of difficulty as the curriculum is already uniform so that students get a level playing field," said Puran Chand, joint secretary, COBSE. Once the recommendations of the sub-committee are ready, the matter will be placed at the COBSE for approval.