In January, CBSE announced a major change for students appearing for their board exams in 2020. Students will be able to choose between two levels of mathematics in the class 10 exam. This move aims to reduce exam stress and optimize the assessment as per the students’ choice to pursue mathematics post-secondary level.
This change was welcomed for its student-centric approach but also created confusion regarding a number of exams the students have to appear for. Clearing all doubts, CBSE in circular states there will not be ‘two’ examinations. ‘Mathematics-Basic’ and ‘Mathematics-Standard’ are the two levels and students will have the option to choose any ‘one’.
the Mathematics-Basic question paper will be easier in comparison as The difficulty level of the Mathematics-Standard exam will be the same as the existing exam. Students opting for Mathematics-Basic can appear in the compartment exam only for the Basic level while Students who opt for Mathematics-Standard and fail in the exam will be allowed to appear in the compartment exam for Mathematics-Basic or Mathematics-Standard.
Students who opt for Mathematics Basic and passes in the exam can still pursue mathematics at a higher level if they wish to by appearing for Mathematics-Standard compartment exam.
The main reason for introducing this two mathematics question paper for the varying difficulty is that several students do not pursue Mathematics after class 10 and hence do not need to be tested for the same skills as those who would study mathematics on higher levels. “The Standard level will be meant for students who wish to opt for Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level and the Basic level would be for students not keen to pursue Mathematics at higher levels,” said CBSE.
The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment methods for both the levels will remain unchanged to allow students to study a range of topics and then decide the Mathematics level they would want to appear for.