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CBSE Class 12 Biology Term 2 2022 Exam Analysis (30th May)

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the AISSCE Biology exam for students of Class 12 today, 30th May 2022, following a good gap of 10 days after the significant Physics paper. So students got enough time to prepare for the Biology paper. This was needed as there were substantial changes in the exam structure and question paper pattern this year. Students and experts have shared their feedback, and immediate reactions have hinted at an 'easy' paper and 'directly from NCERT'. There was nothing out of the syllabus.

After considering all the parameters, CBSE decided to examine the Term-wise pattern for the academic year 2021-22. It's important to note that Biology is regarded as one of the crucial subjects for students planning to appear for NEET. So, let's take a deep dive into CBSE Class 12 Biology Term 2 paper for 2022. 

Question Paper Pattern Changes in Term 2 2021

For this academic year 2021-22, CBSE followed a reduced syllabus released on its official website. The syllabus was bifurcated separately for Term 1 and Term 2.  CBSE Term 1 exam was based on multiple-choice questions (MCQs). However, the pattern of CBSE Term 2 exams resembled the old way of CBSE, comprising descriptive questions. So, let's first see the paper structure before moving on to paper analysis. 

The exam was 35 marks, and the time allotted for the examination was 2 hours. The Biology question paper consisted of three sections, A, B and C and 13 questions. All questions were compulsory.

Section A had 6 SAQs, each carrying 2 marks comprising concept based and understanding questions.

Section B had 6 SAQs, each carrying 3 marks comprising reasoning, application-oriented, and HOTS questions. 

Section C had 1 case study question, carrying 5 marks

There was no overall choice in the paper. However, internal options were provided in some questions. A student has to attempt only one of the alternatives in such questions. So, all papers consisted of 13 questions and the internal choice was given in each section.   

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 easy and well balanced.
  • It was slightly longer but could finish on time as the questions were easy.
  • Most of the questions were based on NCERT textbooks of CBSE Class 12 Biology.
  • Overall, the paper provided a great scoring opportunity. 

Teachers' Feedback

  • The paper was entirely from the syllabus, so the exam was easy and balanced.
  • It was easier for the students this time as the exam was subjective. They had a habit of writing answers from earlier years.
  • The final paper resembled the specimen question paper released by CBSE.
  • The marking is also direct and easy this time. Thus the students can relax and prepare for the coming exams.


The CBSE Class 12 Biology Term 2 paper featured questions mainly from the NCERT syllabus. The exam was easy and reasonably balanced, with many questions from the NCERT textbook. Term 2 exam for CBSE Class 12 Biology can generate more than 90% marks for almost 80-85% of the students this year. It would be fair to conclude that this paper was easy and gave students a great scoring opportunity.

After today's Biology paper, Class 12 students still have one more major board paper of Mathematics, conducted on 7th June. With almost a week in hand, gear up for the final paper and put in all your efforts to sail this paper smoothly. Stay tuned to TopperLearning for more exam reviews and updates on Term 2 exams!

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