Considering the feedback of students from different boards, starting in 2014 math and science students from different boards will not be able to complain about tougher questions, syllabus and evaluation of Board Exam papers. In a decision taken by the majority of the school boards in India, papers from different boards will now be designed in order to make the level of difficulty for all students equal.

These efforts, to level out the playing field for students, were started in 2010 when 20 educational boards including the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and the CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) agreed to take on similar course curriculum for science and math.

In the spirit of this unanimity IIT has requested the CBSE to create the common design for math and science class XII papers. Taking on the role of the coordinator the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), the common platform for all school boards in India, has created a panel comprising of state board members from Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Kerala and Rajasthan to put together the new design.

The first batch that will sit for the new paper will be a mixed batch, with students from every board, a source revealed. With the same level of difficulty as well as evaluation there will be no cause for concern. This new scheme will also provide much needed to relief to science and medical students who sit for common national entrance exams like IIT- JEE. The engineering entrance test, conducted by the CBSE, will now give 40 percent weightage to board exam Results.

The project pilot will be launched by 5 state boards for class XI. Based on the findings from the pilot, the project will be implemented with all the adjustments required in 2014. Once the panel is ready with their recommendations, the issue will be presented to the COBSE for approval.

Source: The Times of India