20 marks for Internal Assessment in Class 11 & 12

In order to encourage creative and critical thinking among students, CBSE confirms total marks for internal assessment in Class 11 and 12. The board has now made practical assessment mandatory for Maths and language courses.

The total marks allotted for internal assessment/practical or project work in subjects like Maths, Languages, Political Science and Legal Studies is minimum 20 marks. Practical assessment has been made mandatory for Class 11 and 12 from academic session 2019-2020. Students can expect these changes to be implemented from the start of the new session i.e. April 2019.

Earlier the focus was mainly on “assessment of learning.” But now the board has made mandatory for ‘assessment as learning’ and ‘assessment for learning.’’

Till now if one have noticed the assessment was only based on written test. However, with the introduction of this internal assessment program is planned mainly to encourage creative and critical thinking among the students. Now this internal assessment is mandatory. The ratio of the weightage of practical subjects to the written examination has also been set to 20:80 from this year.

What’s the reason behind this decision?

As you know there is always a reaction to an action. In this case the internal assessment was implemented because of the poor performance of the students in class 10th in the National Assessment Survey (2017-2018). So with this assessment CBSE is hoping for some good improvement in the overall performance of the students.

For subjects like Commerce, Humanities, Science and Fine Arts a practical assessment of 20 marks is compulsory. According to CBSE, the ratio for these subjects will be 20:30. CBSE has also informed that the ratio for these subjects will be 20:30. For the science-based subjects and fine arts, 30:70 and 70:30 is the ratio respectively. Subjects that carry 100, 80 and 70 marks will have a time duration of 3 hours.

What more changes can be expected?

A decrease in the number of subjective questions in the exam so that the students are able to write analytical as well as creative answers is expected. Objective type questions have been given 25% minimum and 75% maximum weightage of marks respectively.

The official statement read – “This circular is being issued in advance to enable schools to prepare for implementing the few proposed changes from next academic session onwards,” reads a statement issued by the board.”

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