CBSE Term-1 Board Exams – Pattern, Syllabus, and Sample Papers Released

29 October 2021 – CBSE Term-1 Board Exams for Class 10 and 12 are scheduled to begin in November 2021. In regards to that, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released information about the paper pattern and admit card. The board has also informed all schools that more than 50% MCQ questions in Term-1 exams will be competency-based, which means students will have to rely on analysis, critical evaluation, and comprehension to answer each question effectively.ย ย ย 

Since all questions in Term-1 exams will be MCQs, the board has released the syllabus for each subject along with sample papers so students can be well-prepared for the upcoming exams. All exams will be conducted offline, where candidates have to visit their respective exam centers to attempt the papers.ย 

CBSE Term-1 Board Exams – Paper Pattern

As students and teachers were confused about the paper pattern, CBSE conducted a webinar explaining what to expect in Term-1 exams and how to prepare MCQ questions in the final few weeks.

Here are the main points covered in the webinar:

  • All questions are designed to test both high order thinking skills and low order thinking skills of students.ย 
  • Competency-based questions could be based on a diagram, table, statement-combination, or labelling for Science subjects.
  • For Mathematics, competency-based MCQs will comprise of simple, complex, and case study-based questions.ย 
  • For English, the questions will be based on reading, understanding, analysis, decision making, assertion, and reason-based questions.

CBSE Term-1 Board Exams – Admit Cards

Admit cards for students are scheduled to be released soon by the board. Once these are out, private candidates can download their admit cards online and regular students will receive their admit cards from their respective schools. CBSE has advised that as soon as students receive their admit cards, they should cross-check important details like name, subject, subject code, date of birth, among others.ย 

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CBSE Term-1 Board Exams – Syllabus and Sample Papers

The board has requested all students to focus exclusively on the term-wise curriculum presented on its website. All candidates are advised to prepare for each subjectโ€™s exam keeping in mind the syllabus given here.ย 

Other than that, students can also go through the sample papers given on CBSEโ€™s websites to get an idea of the questions they can expect. The marking scheme is also given along with the sample question papers for ease of understanding.ย 


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  • To view the sample papers and marking scheme for Class 10, click here.ย 
  • To view the sample papers and marking scheme for Class 12, click here.ย 

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