The Central Board of Secondary Education will introduce two levels of Mathematics for class 10 from the next academic session. The students will have the option to choose from two levels of Mathematics—Mathematics Standard and Mathematics Basic.
However, there will not be two levels of assessment for class IX.
According to NCF 2005, students face stress during their most difficult exam thus the decision was taken to reduce the stress level of the students who will face their board examination in class 10.
Among the two levels in Mathematics, the first level, that will be named Mathematics Standard will be the same as the existing one and the second level, that will be named Mathematics Basic will be an easier level.
The two-level of the examination will not be applicable to the internal assessment.
According to CBSE, “The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels of examination would remain the same; so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and are able to decide upon the level of Board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities.”
The notice further states, “The Standard level will be meant for students who wish to opt for Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level and the Basic level would be for students not keen to pursue Mathematics at higher levels. “
In case a student fails in Mathematics, then he/she can appear for compartment examination according to this schedule:
• If a student fails in Mathematics –Basic then he/she can appear for Mathematics Basic examination only.
• If a student fails in Mathematics-Standard, then he/she can appear for Mathematics Standard or Mathematics- Basic examination.