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There are no intentions to use the format in the boards, although CBSE may test open-book examinations

As part of the new national curriculum framework (NCF) recommendations of adopting innovative assessment methods, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is considering trials of Open-Book Examination (OBE) in select schools for classes 9 to 12 this year, according to officials familiar with the development. However, it should be emphasized that there is no such plan to adopt the OBE format in board examinations.

The issue was considered during the November 2017 CBSE curriculum committee meeting, according to authorities.

One of the NCF suggestions that was considered was the idea to implement an OBE pilot program in select schools. It might be used to internal examinations to encourage pupils to think creatively. A top CBSE official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the OBE format is only at the ideation stage and that there are no plans to use it for the class 10 and 12 board exams.

The board has suggested a trial program of open-book exams for classes 9 through 12 in topics such English, Science, Mathematics, and Biology in accordance with the National Curriculum Framework for School Education (NCF-SE), according to the agenda of the curriculum committee meeting on November 16, 2023.

Students may use textbooks and other relevant materials to help them answer test questions when they take open-book examinations. These exams often include of conceptual and analytical questions that require students to read, analyze, and apply a variety of materials.

The exam will be designed for a subset of schools by June 2024, with pilot testing taking place in November and December of the same year.

According to the official cited above, “the board will only consider adopting the mode of assessment as part of its multi assessment scheme after taking into account views of all stakeholders.”

In 2020 and 2021, Delhi University switched to an online OBE format for exams because to the Covid-19 epidemic.

But starting in 2022, it went back to the standard pen and paper format.

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