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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Board Paper Analysis - 2020

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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Board Paper Analysis - 2020

Wishing our students all the best for summer vacation. Stay indoors and stay safe, and visit the TopperLearning website to know what's in store for students all through summer.

By Topperlearning Expert 18th Mar, 2020 04:40 pm

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the Social Science exam for students of Class 10 today, 18th March 2020. About 18 lakh students all over India appeared for the exam.

In this board exam, 80% weightage of marks was given to the theory paper, while 20% weightage of marks was for internal assessment.

The Social Science paper was of 80 marks. It consisted of the four subjects of History, Civics, Geography and Economics. Each of these subjects carried a weightage of 20 marks.

 

Question Paper Design


For academic year 2019–20, CBSE introduced a number of changes in the Social Science curriculum for Class 10.

Let us take a look at the design of the board question paper this year.

Question No.

Marks

Type of Questions

1–20

1 mark each

Objective-type questions

21–28

3 marks each

Short answer-type questions

29–34

5 marks each

Long answer-type questions

35 (A)

2 marks

Map-based question (History)

35 (B)

4 marks

Map-based question with internal choice (Geography)

 

  • If we look at the above table, we find that as compared to last year, the number of 1-mark questions has increased, while the count of questions carrying 3 and 5 marks has reduced.
  • As compared to last year, the number of questions has increased in the paper. Earlier there were 26 questions; this year, the number of questions increased to 35.
  • The map-marking section was of 6 marks. Earlier, this section was of 5 marks.
  • ‘Analysing and Evaluation’ and ‘Creation’ are the new question types.
  • The objective-type questions asked this year were a mix of questions based on Match the Following, Assertion and Reason, True or False, Fill in the blanks and MCQs.

Let us take a look at the chapter-wise distribution of marks for all the four subjects—History, Civics, Geography and Economics.

Chapter-wise distribution of marks for History



 

Chapter-wise distribution of marks for Civics



 

Chapter-wise distribution of marks for Geography


 

 

 Chapter-wise distribution of marks for Economics

 


 

  

The difficulty level of the paper can be called as medium. Questions from Section A (1 mark questions) including MCQs and Match the Column questions were a little tricky. Therefore, although short, these questions needed thinking and so, naturally, writing the answers took time. A few questions in Section B and Section C worth 3 and 5 marks respectively, were relatively easy. But overall, students found the paper to be lengthy. Several questions were asked from previous years' board papers. For example, the question below was asked in the CBSE Class 10 exam for 3 consecutive years.  

Describe any three institutional reforms taken by the Indian government in the field of agriculture.

Please visit the link below to find the answer to the question.

https://www.topperlearning.com/cbse-class-10-videos/geography/agriculture/agriculture/78660

The tricky question was:

Minerals occur in various forms. Support the statement with examples.

Please visit the link below to find the answer to the question.

https://www.topperlearning.com/cbse-class-10-videos/geography/minerals-and-energy-resources/minerals-and-energy-resources/78799

So, students who had revised and practised with board papers from the previous years will be able to easily score more in the exam.

Questions based on map-marking were easy, and most of the students will be able to score full marks in the map-marking section.

On the whole, we can say that the Social Science board was a bit challenging but students who had studied the concepts well would have easily answered the tricky questions.

Wishing our students all the best for summer vacation. Stay indoors and stay safe, and  visit the TopperLearning website to know what's in store for students all through summer.

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