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Class XII Education Boards To Have Common Design of Question Papers

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Senior Secondary Boards To Have Common Design of Question PapersThe 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.

The process had already begun in 2011 with all 29 senior secondary education boards conducting class 12 examinations had adopted a core curriculum. Taking this uniformity forward, the Apex Board of IITs has asked CBSE to work on a common design of question paper for Class XII exams for mathematics and science subjects.

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.

The move is aimed at offering a level playing field to science students from different boards while appearing for centralized entrance examinations like the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) as well as the single medical entrance test. From this year the JEE (main) merit list to be conducted by CBSE will give 40% weightage to board results.

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, said a reliable source at COBSE.

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