Changes in CBSE 10th 12th exam from 2019-20 Sessions: Union HRD Minister

The examination pattern has been changed and revised for the upcoming CBSE 10th 12th Board Exam 2020. Union HRD Minister in the Q&A session at the Parliament shared the rationale and the changes made.

Changes made in CBSE 10th 12th Board Exam 2020: HRD Minister

Changes made in CBSE 10th 12th Board Exam 2020: HRD Minister  |  Photo Credit: Representative Image

New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today stated that changes have been introduced in the CBSE Board Examination 2020 itself. Answering a question on the topic raised by MPs Keshari Dev Parel and Chirag Paswan, the Union HRD Minister noted that the changes in examination pattern have already been implemented in the session – and would be applicable for the CBSE 10th 12th board exam 2020.

The changes the Union HRD Minister was ascribing to related to the reduction in total number of questions, increase in the internal choices in various questions as well as more questions to test the reasoning ability of students. The steps have been taken to discourage the practice of rote learning and to encourage critical thinking and reasoning abilities.

Students and parents need not worry as these changes, as stated by the minister, have already been notified by the Central Board of Secondary Education. The changes in the pattern are now available in the CBSE Board Exam 2020 Sample Papers, now available on

Among the changes is also the introduction of more multiple choice questions. As many as 15 to 20 marks in most of the subjects have been earmarked for objective questions. This would ensure a better assessment of child’s understanding of the concepts. As mentioned, all these changes would be applicable in the examinations that would be conducted in February – March 2020 as well.

Speaking in the Parliament, the Minister replied, “The internal choices will be implemented on 33 per cent of the questions for the students. The one-mark objective type questions will be around 25 per cent of the questions in all subjects. Internal assessment will count for 20 per cent marks in subjects in which there is no practical assessment.”