The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday announced that the academic session for 2021-22 will be divided into two terms with approximately 50 per cent syllabus to be covered in each term.

“The syllabus for the Academic session 2021-22 will be divided into 2 terms by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts and the Board will conduct examinations at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus. This is done to increase the probability of having a Board conducted classes X and XII examinations at the end of the academic session,” said the official note issued by CBSE.

The syllabus for the Board examination 2021-22 will be rationalised similar to that of the last academic session to be notified in July 2021. For academic transactions, however, schools will follow the curriculum and syllabus released by the Board. Schools will also use alternative academic calendar and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum, it added.

At the end of the first term, the Board will organise Term I Examination in a schedule to be conducted between November-December 2021 with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of country and abroad. Dates for conduct of examinations will be notified subsequently.

The Question Paper will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) including including case-based MCQs and MCQs on assertion-reasoning type. Duration of test will be 90 minutes and it will cover only the rationalised syllabus of Term I only (i.e. approx. 50 per cent of the entire syllabus).

Similarly, at the end of the second term, the Board would organise Term II or Year-end Examination based on the rationalised syllabus of Term II only (i.e. approximately 50 per cent of the entire syllabus). This examination would be held around March-April 2022 at the examination centres fixed by the Board.

“The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type). In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination a 90 minute MCQ based exam will be conducted at the end of the Term II also,” said the note.

The exams will be conducted under the supervision of the External Center Superintendents and Observers appointed by CBSE.