5 Major Assessment Changes in CBSE Board Exam

New changes in CBSE Assessment Process for New Academic Year 

In a recent development, CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi has announced the board is planning to bring major changes in the assessment process for CBSE Board Exams 2023 to make it more comprehensive, skill-based, and competency-based. These changes will be based on the National Education Policy (NEP-2020).
As per the CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi, many of the changes have already been introduced in some schools and based on the experiences, other changes will be adopted by all schools from the next academic year. 
The major pointers emphasized by the Secretary are listed below:
20% Internal Assessment for all subjects
According to the CBSE Secretary, a three-hour-long examination cannot judge the competence of the student, so the assessment should be a year-long process. Giving details, he said 20% of internal assessments will be held in papers where there are no practical exams. The students will be assessed by teachers, parents and peer groups and 20% marks will be given on that basis.
Structural changes in the question papers
The CBSE secretary said that there will be two types of structural changes in the question papers: 

  • 33% more questions for more options: 
  • In the first change, the CBSE will increase the number of questions by 33% internally to provide more options to students. This change, he said, will make the question papers longer and students will have multiple options.
  • Focus on Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • In the second change, the papers would be based on the type of questions and added that the questions from the next academic session will be skill-based and competency-based so that students can think analytically and critically.

Assessment survey of students in Classes 3, 5 and 8
Assessment process will be based on the evaluation of a student in Classes 3, 5 and 8. CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said till now, there was no idea about the level of a student from Class 1 to 10.  However, he added that from now on, the CBSE will do an assessment survey of these students in Classes 3, 5 and 8. He added that the exam will not be like the common examination in which students score marks. “Through these tests, we will inform the teachers and parents about the level of their child and how a student has improved from the earlier levels,” he explained further.
Holistic assessment cards for students
The board is also planning to introduce holistic assessment cards for the students. The assessment procedure has started in a few schools as a pilot project. Through this assessment card, a student will be evaluated by teachers, parents, and the peer group, and the students will also do a self-assessment for themselves.