The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has planned on bringing certain changes to the pattern of the class X board examinations. It is considering merging the three science subjects into one paper, and history, geography and civics examinations on the lines of CBSE.
CISCE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Secretary Gerry Arathoon informed that they have worked out a proposal to merge history, civics and geography as one subject carrying 100 marks and biology, physics and chemistry as another. All parties concerned including parents will be consulted. However, this proposal has not taken a concrete shape and is yet to be finalized.
If implemented, Arathoon said the two papers will be divided into three sections and each of them will be given equal weightage. Also, changes in question paper and examination pattern are also being considered. The board was also planning to have multiple-choice and short answer questions. Equal weightage (of 33.33) will be given to each of the three components. The compulsory English I and II papers of 100 marks each, a second language paper, a mathematics paper and an application subject of 100 marks each will remain unchanged. The board is yet to decide when the changes will be implemented.
There also have been changes implemented at the class 12 or secondary level where students will now take only 7 exams instead of the earlier 10.