Not much. (BUT a lot!) If you’re about to appear for your CBSE class 10 exam in 2019, you need not worry though. In fact, the changes, which is still in the pilot mode, will make your life much easier.
In 2019, CBSE class 10 maths exam will have two sets of different question papers. The syllabus and overall curriculum will remain the same. However, these two different question papers will be designed to test students from two different levels.
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One set of maths question paper would be of, comparatively, the higher level that will include more problems on applied mathematics and will test students on their higher order thinking level. The other second of question paper will be much basic, with easier questions.
Students who will be appearing for the board will have the liberty to choose which question set they would want to answer. This preference by the students would be made at the time of filing the forms for the exam, which usually happens the end of every year.
The idea behind having two sets of CBSE class 10 maths question paper is actually inspired by the curriculums of Western schools. Students who do not intend to pursue maths in their higher education can opt for the easier question set, which will allow them to avoid poor score/aggregate. As for those who want to purse mathematics in the future (like, going for engineering, which requires maths as a mandatory subject), they will have to choose the difficult set of question paper.
As much of a breather this model would be for the students who are poor in maths and do not intend to continue with the subject, I believe it’s a bad move. The whole education system in the country is shaping around the convenience of the students. Instead of pushing them to score big with slightly more efforts, the standards of the board exams are being lowered.
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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and even ICSE have been relentlessly lowering the standards so that more students score big. (Why do you think we’re seeing more and more students score 100% every year in board exams?)
That’s not how you improve the education system—by shaping curriculums around the convenience of students so that they pass the exams. That’s simply preparing them for failure. Because the corporate world, and their future at large, won’t be shaped around their convenience. And they will imminently struggle then.
Again, for now, this new CBSE class 10 maths exam model is still in the pilot mode. It will be tested in 2019. And if a success, it will be stretched to even class 12 curriculum and other subjects.