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CBSE Class 10 Term 1 2021 Post Paper Analysis- Science (2nd December)

CBSE has successfully conducted the Class 10 Science Term 1 Examination today. After a balanced Social Science paper, CBSE Class 10 students appeared for today's second major Science board paper. Nervousness, exhilaration or just plain excitement. The reviews from students and teachers were varied. The question paper format was the same as that of the CBSE Sample Paper. Students found the paper difficult as the majority of the questions were complex and twisted. 

Question Paper Structure:

This year witnessed many changes for exam structure as well as the paper pattern. The Board decided to conduct two-term exams – Term 1 and Term 2. CBSE term one exam is basis multiple-choice questions (MCQs). So, let us first see the paper structure before moving on to paper analysis. 

The CBSE Class 10 Science Term 1 paper was divided into sections A, B and C and had 60 multiple choice type questions (MCQs). Students were required to attempt 50 in 90 minutes.

Section A had 24 MCQs, each carrying one mark comprising of concept-based, understanding based and numerical types of MCQs.

Section B had 24 MCQs, each carrying one mark comprising application-oriented, HOTS and assertion-reasoning type of MCQs. 

Section C had 12 MCQs, each carrying one mark. This section is entirely basis on case study questions. There were 3, which comprised of 5 MCQs based on each question.

So, all papers consisted of 60 questions and the internal choice was given in each section.   

Now, here we decode the CBSE Class 10 Science Term 1 Paper Series JSK/1 – Set 4 for 2021 with students' final review and analysis of the Class 10 Science Paper.

Graphical Analysis of Chapter-wise Marks Distribution (2021)

The chapter' Life Processes' was the most valued chapter carrying 16 marks, followed by 'Acids, Bases and Salts' carrying 15 marks and 'Light - Reflection and Refraction' with a weightage of 13 marks

The Chemistry section was a complex one, followed by the Physics section, which seemed of a moderate level with more application-based questions. The biology section was a significant relief as most of the questions were direct and based on NCERT.

Listed below are some student and teacher responses from every aspect of the paper concerning typology, distribution of marks and, of course, difficulty level.

Students' Feedback

  • The paper was difficult as the questions were quite complex and twisted.
  • The questions based on the chemistry section were troublesome.
  • The questions based on the case study are easy.
  • The 90 minutes was not sufficient to solve the paper.
  • The question paper format was the same as of CBSE sample paper.
  • Around 30 marks out of 50 expected on an average in the above paper.

Teacher's Feedback

  • The experts found the paper moderately tricky. 
  • The questions in the paper were entirely from the syllabus. 
  • The paper was above average as most of the questions were asked indirectly, which might have confused the students. 
  • Students with in-depth knowledge of the concepts and those who had grasped the NCERT thoroughly would have answered all the questions quickly.  


Overall, the Science paper was an above-average paper with questions requiring a thorough understanding of the concepts. So, an average student can pass the science paper with 50 – 60% of marks. 

CBSE Class 10 Science Term 1 exam has been concluded. The exam centres will check the OMR sheets using the CBSE 10 Science Answer Key 2021-22. They will upload the correct options marked by the students through the online portal, for which link is provided at the respective exam centres.

Nevertheless, it is now time to focus on the Mathematics paper, held on 4th December 2021. Team TopperLearning wishes all the students the very best! For more paper reviews and exam updates, stay tuned.

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