The regulating body of all school boards in India, COBSE (Council of Boards of School Education) has declared that all board exam Results will be announced by June 10 each year to ensure that the new format of JEE for admission to all centrally funded engineering institutes’ kicks of smoothly.
The council in a meeting held on June 28, 2012 also decided to complete the re-totaling and revaluation process by June 30 each year. This will be done to ensure that all board students get their final exam Results before the IITs and other engineering colleges accepting the new format commence their application process. In total, the country has 29 school boards.
All school boards have given their consent to give category-wise and secured details of SC/ST/OBC and general category students. The boards will also allow all students who took the board exams in 2012 to re-appear for all 5 subjects so that they can improve their marks. The eligibility criteria of students who took class XII board exam in 2012 and competed for IITJEE and other engineering entrance exams was 60%. As per the new format, actual performance of students will be considered so this exception has been allowed.
This has been done to restrict the chance of improvement to only 2 of the 5 subjects. It was expected that restricting improvement exams to just 2 subjects will result to deformation, particularly as the IIT entrance exam was to consider the percentile ranks.
The school boards have decided to calculate the equivalent percentage of scores for the students scoring top 20 percentile. This would be announced publicly in next 7-10 days so that students get an idea of the marks they need to score in board exams to become eligible for IIT entrance exam.
With an aim to have a single entrance exam which will assign weightage to class XII board marks also, the COBSE approved a common question pattern for math and science initially to be introduced in 2013 board exams. This indicates that all school boards will allocate same number of questions and marks for different pattern of questions such as multiple, subjective and objective type questions.
The step to introduce a common question paper pattern is a move to bring uniformity among all boards across the country. This would also resolve the present scenario where some boards are liberal in their marking system and others are too conservative.
Himachal Pradesh has declared that it would allocate 30% of the paper to questions on PISA (Program for International Assessment model that checks students ability in interpreting texts, retrieving information and presenting on texts.
The second step to bring parity among different school boards would be to use the same question bank. Though this step would take time but would prove efficient in setting the standard of exam for all boards at par.
Source: Economic Times
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