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CBSE Scraps OTBA for Classes 9 and 11

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced that the Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) for class IX and XI has been done away with from this academic year. This means that the students would no longer be allowed to carry textbooks to their examination halls.

The concept was introduced by CBSE in the year 2014. For class IX OTBA was introduced for Hindi, English, Mathematics, Social Science and Science and for class XI it was introduced for Economics, Geography and Biology.  Under OTBA, students were given study material four months prior to the exam and were allowed to take their case studies to the examination hall. By doing this an attempt was made to shift the focus from rote-learning to applying the information decisively. “Schools had to prepare question paper out of the material provided by the CBSE and students were asked questions based on that,” shared a senior official.

New Pattern of Class 12 Maths Paper for 2017 CBSE Board Exams

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made certain changes in the pattern of class 12th mathematics examination paper this year. The decision has supposedly been taken after the board faced criticism for the class 12th maths board exam in 2016 from students, parents and others. Here is a look at the changes in the class 12th maths board exam pattern:

  • As per the information received, 20% questions in the paper will be under the easy category, 60% will fall under the average category and the remaining 20% questions will be under the difficult section.

CBSE Exams 2017 Date Changed

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made certain changes in the date sheet for class 10th and 12th. The revised date sheet released recently includes changes for three subjects – Gurung, Tamil and National Cadet Cops for class 10th. For class 12th, changes have been made for five subjects – Theatre studies, Physical Education, Tangkhul, Food Service – II and Sociology.

The exams have been delayed this year due to elections in five states namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. The CBSE class 10th exams will commence on 9th March 2017 and end on 10th April 2017 and class 12th exams will begin on 9th March 2017 and end on 29th April 2017.

New Facts of Science in 2017

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Scientists across the globe continually conduct researches and experiments to come up with newer scientific facts. There were numerous new discoveries last year and the year 2017 that has just begun has also seen quite a few new ones. Let us have a look at some of the scientific discoveries of 2017.

1. NASA’s Satellite to Watch Chimpanzees
The number of chimpanzees has decreased drastically over the last 100 years and if the trend continues they may get extinct in the years to come. In order to protect this endangered species NASA has recently collaborated with Jane Goodall Institute to come up with a satellite to monitor these wild creatures. The data collated from the satellite will be examined at the Goodall Institute and based on the findings the conservationists and local communities would be guided on how they can contribute to save chimpanzees.

No Revaluation for Class 12 CBSE From 2017

The Central Board of Secondary Education has reportedly decided to scrap the paper revaluation procedure for class 12 from the coming year i.e., 2017. The reason stated for the same is that the number of students applying for revaluation on an average is around 1.8% which is much higher in comparison to the genuine cases and beneficiaries.
While the news has led to a lot of tension among the students and parents, the officials have affirmed that they will put a new process in place to look over all the genuine cases. Talking about the same, the chair person of CBSE, R.K. Chaturvedi stated, “Students can put in an application at the regional office, and a committee can be formed to look into the need for re-evaluation.”
Nevertheless, it is suggested to be doubly sure that whatever you write in your exam is clear enough so that the evaluator can evaluate it appropriately in the first go itself. Your answers must be neatly written and answer sheets must be tied properly. Following tips should help you with this:

  • Make sure you keep your answer sheets neat and tidy – no ink spots or scratches.

6 Study Tips for Students Who Drop a Year for IIT JEE Preparations

It is tough to decide whether to drop a year for IIT JEE preparation or go ahead with the next best option. However, if you have already had a look at all the pros and cons and decided to give it another shot then keep the below mentioned tips in mind to make the most of the time you have:

Review Your Performance
Now that you have already given the exam once, you know where you stand. Before beginning with the preparation all over again it is suggested to review your examination performance to know your weak areas as well as your strong points. This will help you understand as to which topics require more attention and which ones just need a glance.

An Average Student’s Guide to Crack NEET /JEE

Competitive examinations such as JEE and NEET are tough to crack even for the genius minds and if you have been average in studies then you need to put in a lot more efforts. Here is an average student’s guide to crack JEE/NEET.

Start Early
If engineering or medical line interests you and you are aiming to sit for JEE or NEET it is suggested to start the preparation as you enter your 11th grade. It is essential to give at least 2 years for preparation of competitive examinations such as these.

CBSE Disaffiliated Schools under NPS

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has taken the decision to remove the affiliation for six schools that came under the National Public Schools (NPS) group. The decision was taken on Department for Public Instruction (DPI) Karnataka’s accusations that the NPS management’s role on copying and releasing bogus minority institution status certificates to elude the Right to Education Act (RTE) Provisions.

Earlier on DPI had advised the CBSE to take away the affiliation given to these schools as the latter granted admission to around 25% students by way of bogus minority institution status certificates. The schools that have been removed include the National Academy of Learning, Basaveshwar Nagar, NPS Koramangala, HSR Layout, Mysuru, Indiranagar and Rajajinagar.

India’s Education System Should Inspire Innovation: Prakash Javadekar

The newly appointed Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar recently mentioned that the Indian education system must promote innovation. “Innovation is the key to the country’s development. Therefore, our education system should promote innovation”, he stated.

As he stated this point at a discussion on the new National Education Policy, he also shared an anecdote that he recalled from his visit to Apple Inc’s factory in the United States, “In 1998, as chairman of the IT task force in Maharashtra, I visited Apple’s factory in the US, where Steve Jobs told me he would make a phone with a camera, recording and other features of a smart phone. It all sounded like a dream then, but now we all believe it. This is innovation.”

About New HRD Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar

Our ex-HRD minister, Smriti Irani was quite a familiar face, all thanks to her acting career but how many of you know as much about our new Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar? Well, if you don’t then read on to find out all about him.

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