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CBSE Class 12 Chemistry Board Exam 2024 Post Paper Analysis - 27th February

The Class 12 board exams for the Central Board of Secondary Education, popularly known as CBSE, have been going on since 15th February 2024. Today, on 27th February 2024, CBSE Class 12 students had their first science board paper on the subject of Chemistry for three hours between 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. 

Today’s CBSE 12 Chemistry exam went smoothly, and students felt that the paper was of easy to moderate level. Let us analyze the CBSE Class 12 Chemistry 2024 question paper and find the details.

Positive comments are given about the paper. The degree of difficulty level was easy to moderate. well-balanced and straightforward. This implies that the questions were dispersed equally among the different difficulty levels. 

The paper was within the syllabus and followed the NCERT curriculum exactly. The pattern followed the CBSE specimen paper. The majority of the questions were taken from the NCERT curriculum, thus students who have studied the material extensively would do well in the exam. It gave a fair evaluation of the student’s preparedness.

Question Paper Structure

The CBSE 12 Chemistry exam comprised a theory paper of three hours with questions of 70 marks and an internal assessment with practical work carrying 30 marks. We will focus on today’s theory paper.

For the academic year 2023-24, the new paper pattern was adopted, which involves a combination of objective and subjective questions closely aligned with NEP 2020 with the inclusion of competency-based questions. So, let’s first see the question paper structure before moving on to paper analysis. 

The theory paper was precisely in line with the specimen paper released by CBSE.

The question paper was divided into a total 5 sections comprising 33 questions as follows:

(a) There are 33 questions in this question paper with internal choice. 

(b) SECTION A comprises 16 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. 

(c) SECTION B comprises 5 short answer questions carrying 2 marks each. 

(d) SECTION C comprises 7 short answer questions carrying 3 marks each.

(e) SECTION D comprises 2 case-based questions carrying 4 marks each. 

(f) SECTION E comprises 3 long answer questions carrying 5 marks each. 

(g) All questions are compulsory.

Now, here we decode the CBSE Class 12 Chemistry board paper with all its elements and discuss the chapter-wise distribution of marks.

Question Paper Analysis

Based on the reviews obtained from the students and the subject experts, a detailed analysis of the CBSE Class 12 Chemistry 2023-24 has been tabulated below:



Overall Paper Analysis

Overall difficulty level


Was the paper lengthy

Bit lengthy

Overall expected good score


Analysis of Section A

Difficulty level

Tricky, Moderate

Expected good score


Analysis of Section B

Average difficulty level


Expected good score


Analysis of Section C

Average difficulty level

Moderate, Direct

Expected good score


Analysis of Section D

Average difficulty level


Expected good score


Analysis of Section E

Average difficulty level

Moderate, Direct

Expected good score


Chapter-Wise Distribution of Marks


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

Student Feedback

  • The paper was moderately difficult and a bit lengthy but could be finished within the given time.
  • It was well-balanced, with an equal mix of hard, easy, and direct questions.
  • The MCQs in section A were slightly tricky but still manageable. 
  • Section B was reasoning and some incomplete equations were difficult.
  • The questions from section C were direct.
  • The paper was lengthy, and some tricky equation-based questions consumed a lot of time.
  • The students who prepared from specimen paper were happy after taking the exam as they did a lot of practice from the specimen papers which helped them in attempting most of the questions successfully.

Expert Feedback

  • Simple, easy-to-moderate paper.
  • Well-balanced within the NCERT syllabus and followed the NCERT textbook entirely.
  • A few questions were tricky specifically from section A.
  • The questions were distributed evenly across all difficulty levels.
  • The inclusion of numerical questions to test analytical ability was commendable.
  • Added dimension to the exam that assesses not just theoretical knowledge but also the application of concepts. 
  • The passage-based questions were easy to guess.
  • MCQs were different in the sets but the theoretical questions were mostly the same.


It would be fair to conclude that this paper was of easy to moderate difficulty level, with few tricky questions, and a bit lengthy. It was well-balanced, with an equal mix of hard, easy, and direct questions. Students who studied thoroughly class XII NCERT Chemistry textbook and through the specimen paper shared by the CBSE could complete the paper on time. Students who had practiced solving questions and had a good understanding of the concepts would be able to score 60+ marks out of 70. 

Now, the chemistry exam is done and from the overall feedback, students are advised to study well from the specimen paper released by CBSE and strictly follow the NCERT curriculum and textbook for all the upcoming papers. 

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