2019 Maharashtra HSC Board Exams could get tougher than before
18 July, 2017: All the Maharashtra State Board students that are currently studying in Class XI (Science) will have to take their Class XII (HSC Board Exams) in 2019 based on the national framework that will be decided by the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE). It is expected that the questions could get tougher.
Keeping entrances exams in mind like the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), the question papers for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics will be revised. The current curriculum will remain the same.
On Monday, Chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Gangadhar Mhamane said, "The entire question paper format has been changed so that our students perform well in the national entrance tests. The question paper will be based on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) pattern."
20% questions will be difficult while for 50% questions the difficulty level will be average.
The weightage will be given to objective questions with 30% questions gauging the subject knowledge of the students, 40% questions gauging the subject understanding and the remaining set of questions their ability to apply those concepts to solve the given questions.
Gangadhar Mhamane said, "Currently, we give a lot of options to students such as answering any three out of five questions. Now, the options may be less which will automatically increase the difficulty level. More than the difficulty level, it is the thoroughness of the students' preparation that will matter. We want to ensure that they are prepared just like the central board students are for national-level exams like NEET and JEE."
A detailed report on how the HSC syllabus can adopt the framework and divide the weightage of marks and questions was submitted to the Maharashtra State Education Board.
The official circular of the State Board read, "This report, after being scrutinized by the expert committee within the state board, was sent to the government and it was approved by the ministry this month."
The new exam pattern will go live in 2019.
70 marks will be for theory/written test while the remaining 30 marks will be based on practical/project work for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Mathematics on the other hand will have the 80-20 model. 80 marks will be for the written exam while the remaining 20 marks will be allotted for practicals/orals.
Mhamane also added, "The curricula for standard X will change next year and then for Std XI and XII. Currently, there is no change in the curricula of Standard XI and XII."