The pandemic situation across the country has forced schools to remain closed even in the first quarter of the academic session 2021-22. Due to the prevailing uncertainty, there is a possibility that schools may not be able to conduct all internal assessment/practical/ project work associated with various subjects in schools. Hence, CBSE issues the guidelines to schools to undertake Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work for the academic session 2021-22. Here, we will be providing the complete detail on the conduction of internal assessment for the 2021-22 academic year.
Internal Assessment Guidelines for Class 9 to 12 Students
From 2021-22, CBSE has adopted a new system of conducting the board examination. It bifurcated the year into two academic terms with examinations at the end of both terms. Previously, the board used to conduct one exam at the end of the year. But now, exams are conducted in two terms i.e., Term 1 and Term 2. Based on the term 1 and term 2, the board has released the CBSE Syllabus for Class 9 and for other classes from 10 to 12. The syllabus has also been revised and divided into two parts, each term carrying the 50% weightage of the syllabus.
Internal assessment will be done twice, and both will contribute equally in the overall assessment. Schools should ensure that internal assessment is reliable, fair, and transparent for all students. The evaluation done by teachers for internal assessment/practical/project work needs to be based on evidence of the student’s performance throughout the academic session. The evidence of internal assessment/practical/project work needs to be presented/ uploaded by schools as per directions of the Examination Unit/ Regional Office of CBSE for verification.
Assessment / Examination as per Different COVID Situations
CBSE has created a basket of four options for how assessment and examinations will be conducted depending on the different situations because of the dynamic COVID situation. These different situations of conduct of assessment and examinations are:
1) In case the situation of the pandemic improves and students are able to come to schools or centres for taking the exams.
In such a situation, the Board would conduct Term I and Term II examinations at schools/centres based on the term wise syllabus. For example, the Term 1 exam of Physics Class 12 will be conducted based on the CBSE Syllabus for Class 12 Physics. Also, The theory marks will be distributed equally between the Term 1 and Term 2 exams.
2) In case the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during November-December 2021, Term II exams are held at schools or centres.
In this condition, the Term I MCQ based examination would be done by students online/offline from home. For the declaration of final result, the weightage of this exam for the final score would be reduced, and weightage of Term II exams will be increased.
3) In case the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during March-April 2022, Term I exams are held at schools or centres.
In such scenarios, results would be prepared based on the performance of students on Term I MCQ based examination and internal assessments. The weightage of marks of Term I examination conducted by the Board will be increased to provide year end results of candidates.
4) In case the pandemic forces complete closure of schools and Board conducted Term I and II exams are taken by the candidates from home in the session 2021-22.
In such a situation, results would be computed on the basis of the Internal Assessment/Practical/Project Work and Theory marks of Term-I and II exams. The exam taken by the candidate from home in Class X / XII subject to the moderation or other measures to ensure validity and reliability of the assessment.
In all the above cases, data analysis of marks of students will be undertaken to ensure the integrity of internal assessments and home based exams.