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What are the recent changes made in CBSE Class 10 curriculum or Exam Pattern?

CBSE has introduced modifications in its examination pattern for the board examinations that will be conducted in 2023. The pattern changes will apply to the CBSE class 10th and 12th examinations. Annapurna Devi, the state minister for Education, stated in the Lok Sabha that competency-based questions would be included in board exams.

According to the State Education Minister, the New Education Policy 2020 would improve the exam format by including competency-based questions in the class 10th and 12th board examinations. There will be questions of the objective type, response-based questions, reasoning-based questions, and case-based questions. The following changes have been made by the CBSE board:

Types of Questions: Analytical and Critical Questions

The other change that will be included in the question paper is based on the kind of questions. The question paper will include more skill-based and competency-based questions to evaluate the students analytically and critically.

As per the latest news, the 2023 board exam will have 40% competency-based questions for class 10th, whereas CBSE class 12 will have 30% competency-based questions.

Mark Distribution: 20% Assessment for All the Subjects 

According to the Central Board of Secondary Education, a single 3-hour long examination cannot tell the competence of the students. The evaluation of a student should be a whole-year process. The secretary of the CBSE board said that there would be 20% of internal assessments for the subjects that do not have any practical examinations. The new changes are taken on the basis of the National Education Policy that was introduced in 2020. The students will be assessed by their peer groups, parents, and teachers, and 20% of marks will be added on the basis of the evaluation.

More Options: 33% More Questions in the Exams

CBSE board plans to make structural changes in the question paper for CBSE board exams. One of the major changes is the increase in the number of questions by 33% to provide the students with more options. This addition will make the question paper longer, and the students will also have more options to attempt.

Holistic Student Card

According to the secretary, the CBSE board is also planning to introduce holistic assessment cards for the students. Using the holistic assessment card, the students will be assessed by their teachers, parents, and peer groups. The students will also perform self-evaluation using this card.

No Term Examinations

CBSE board has planned to eliminate the term-wise examinations for both CBSE class 10 and class 12. As a result, the CBSE board examination for the year 2023 will only be held once. Since the board is thinking of conducting the examination like the traditional method of only one exam a year pattern, the marking method will also be changed accordingly. The CBSE board will return to the pre-pandemic marking scheme for the CBSE board class 10 and class 12 examinations in 2023.


Every year the CBSE board publishes a revised syllabus or curriculum document. It has been noticed that CBSE revises the syllabus and also updates its assessment method regularly. The CBSE class 10 syllabus, along with the syllabus for class 12, has some specific updates for this year. TopperLearning is the best place to prepare for your CBSE board class 10 and class 12 examinations in 2023. With a plethora of study material and practice papers, mock tests, and much more, TopperLearning helps students to score the best marks. 

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