Board Conducted Exam vs School Conducted Exam
Board Conducted and School Conducted
The examinations conducted by the Board and the schools essentially differ on three major grounds — centre, dates and evaluation. Students who opted for the Board examination will take the examination at another centre, while those appearing for the school-based examination will take it in their own school.
The examinations would mostly be on different dates. The CBSE, which has announced dates for its class X examinations as March 1 to 23, has asked schools to hold their examinations anytime between March 15 and 28.
The question paper for the school examination could be picked from a pool of papers from the Board, or be a combination of question papers in the pool or the school’s own paper, which would be sent to the Board later, with the marking scheme, according to G. Neelakantan, Principal, Sivaswami Kalalaya Senior Secondary School.
The evaluation for the Board examination would be done by external evaluators, while students taking the school-conducted examination could be evaluated by their own teachers.
V. Suma Padmanabhan, Principal, Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School, says there is no difference at all in the level of difficulty in the two exams. “A good number of parents are comfortable with the Board-conducted exam. The school-conducted exam would have a more flexible time-table,” she adds.
While the CCE and the Board examination being made optional seek to give students more flexibility and choice, do all students get to make that choice?
Students from schools such as Ordnance Clothing Factory School in Avadi, for instance, have no choice but to take the board-conducted exam as the school does not have higher secondary classes.
But, there are some schools where a majority of the students have signed up for the Board examination as has been in Sri Ramdayal Khemka Vivekananda Vidyalaya in Thiruvottiyur.
For students who wish to switch over to a different stream such as State Board, the Board examination is the only option.
All the same, not all students who appear for the Board examination have to necessarily go to others streams such as the State Board, as a few schools have made out to their students.
The CBSE has made it clear that schools should not discriminate between students for class XI “promotion” based on the examination they appeared for.
However, schools say students opting for the examination conducted by school have a better change of getting the group of their choice in Plus-Two.