The CBSE has decided to discontinue OTBA (Open Text Based Assessment) for Classes 9 and Class 11 from this academic year as this practice was hindering development of students' critical abilities. CBSE took the decision after receiving negative feedback from schools on the system.
Earlier in this month CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) announced that Class 10 Board Exams will be compulsory from next year (2017-18 academic year) with 20 per cent weightage for school-based internal assessment.This will end the existing system that gives students the option of either taking a school-based evaluation or the Board Exam.
Students have to score at least 33 per cent in the CBSE conducted Board Exam (written test), which would carry 80 per cent weightage, and also in the school conducted internal assessment to to clear the Exam.
According to the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) circular, the assessment - to be conducted by the school - will take into account period written tests, notebook submissions, punctuality, speaking and listening skills and projects. Schools have to promote co-curricular activities like social welfare, sports and the creative arts.
CBSE released Study Materials for Open Book Exam under Open Text Based Assessment OTBA for Class IX and XI