Uniform class 12th question papers pan-India from 2014

The move is aimed at bringing in uniformity in the education and evaluation process across all the boards in the country

New Delhi: The Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE)— a common platform for all educational boards in the country—is planning a common syllabus and common question papers for Science and Mathematics exam papers for class 12 across all educational Boards from the academic year 2014-15.

As part of the move, COBSE has instituted a sub-committee comprising of State Board members from Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Kerala and Rajasthan to work on it.

The common exam paper design will be pilot- tested in five states—Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Kerala— for class XI. Based on the experience, and in case there is any need for improvement, finally it will be introduced in class XII from 2014.

The common design of the exam papers will ensure that the difficulty levels as well as the marking systems will be even across all the boards, thus bringing in uniformity in the education and evaluation process.

There has always existed dissatisfaction among students from different board on being compared on their board exam performance in various competitive exams. With the introduction of 40% of board result in IIT JEE, the rift got aggravated.

This uniformity would offer equal opportunities for all students when appearing for centralized entrance examinations like the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The JEE entrance exam will consider the Class 12 board exam marks by giving 40% weightage to it for their merit list from this year onwards.