CBSE introduces two level maths paper for the first time to reduce exam stress


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In a relief to thousands of students afraid of mathematics, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduces two levels of mathematics evaluation (maths papers) for Class 10 students appearing CBSE Board Examination in 2020 onwards.
The first level math paper or the same as the existing one will be called ‘mathematics-standard’ and the other, which will be easier will be called ‘mathematics-basic’.
According to CBSE circular, this decision has been taken to reduce the maths exam stress for those students who find mathematics difficult.
"It is well known that students experience greatest stress before and during their most difficult subject exam. Keeping in view this important aspect and as evidenced by the Board results, the Board has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the Board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards," the circular said.
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  1. The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both levels of math papers would remain the same. All students in a batch will be able to study the whole range of topics covered in the syllabus throughout the year. However, math papers in two levels will not be applicable during internal assessment of students. They will be tested only in standard mathematics during internal evaluation by schools.
  2. The students will be allowed to decide which level they would want to get tested in the Class 9 Board Examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities. They will be tested only in the standard level in Class 9.
  3. Those students who opt for the mathematics-basic level will not be eligible for pursuing mathematics at the plus two level.
  4. CBSE will give a student option to choose between the two level math papers of examination at the end of Class 10 when the schools submit a list of candidates to the board before the board exams. If a student fails to clear his or her opted level then he or she will be allowed to appear in the compartmental examinations in the same level of math what he had selected originally.

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