Education Boards across the country will adopt core curriculum of Maths and Science to create parity in various entrance tests
In 2010, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and about 18 other education boards of India joined hands and adopted a core curriculum in Maths and Science for the 12th Board exams to give students appearing for entrance exams like JEE in engineering and AIIMS in medical, a level playing field. This was done following complaints about having to face tougher question papers and marking systems than their counterparts under other education boards.
With an aim of resolving this problem, major education boards in India have agreed in principle to have a common pattern question paper to make Class X or Class XII board exams as uniform as possible.
In a similar move, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Board has asked Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) to formulate a similar patterned question paper for Class XII Maths and Science question papers. Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), on behalf of the boards has instituted a sub-committee comprising of state board members from Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Kerala and Rajasthan to work on the common format of question paper.
The Chairman of COBSE as well as CBSE, Vineet Joshi says, "We are going to have the first batch that will appear in Class XII exams from various boards based on the core curriculum. With a common design of question papers the difficulty level as well as marking system will be equivalent and therefore there will be complete uniformity in the system".
This move will be a hallmark in the history of education in India where science students from different boards will get a level playing field to compete for the centralised entrance examinations like Joint Engineering Entrance exam (JEE) and the single medical entrance test that is to be implemented 2013 onwards. In fact, in the 2013 IIT JEE exam conducted by IIT, the JEE (Main) merit list conducted by CBSE will give 40% weightage to Board results.
Once everything is in motion, COBSE will do a pilot run across 5 state boards for class XI. The outcome or the learning experience through this exercise will be a benchmark of improvements needed and will be finally implemented in Class XII/ Class 12 Board exam from 2014.
Note – the plan is subject to approval by COBSE.