CBSE Syllabus for 2020-21 academic session likely to get reduced

With widespread of COVID19 and closure of schools, the education system in the country has been impacted to a large extent. Considering all these factors, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been working with NCERT on a revised and reduced syllabus for the academic session 2021 to accommodate the loss of regular classroom studies. As per the officials, the new syllabus for Classes 9 to 12 is almost ready and would be shared with the respective schools soon. According to reports, the new syllabus for Class 10 and 12 board exam 2021 is expected to see the reduction of up to 33% and the exam pattern is also expected to see a change in line with conceptual learning. 

For classes 1 to 8, the board has already notified schools to make the change accordingly. 

CBSE has been in discussion with various stakeholders and also NCERT to reduce the existing syllabus for secondary and higher secondary classes in view of the prevalent conditions.


Expected changes in New Syllabus

  • Syllabus is expected to be reduced by 25 to 33%. However, complete chapters would not be removed.
  • Topic wise reduction of the non-essential parts from within the chapters would be done, so as to ensure that the ‘conceptual learning’ is not impacted.
  • Blended approach to the curriculum taking online classes into consideration.
  • Guidelines for parents to be released to help them ‘accept online classes’
  • Better incorporation of life skills.
  • Focus on competency based learning: mental, emotional, physical, academic. Schools have been advised to refer to CBSE initiatives issued.

Recently the MHRD had also released the detailed roadmap for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) focused on learning outcomes for the 2020-21 academic session.