The Central Board of Secondary Education has revised the design of question papers in all the major subjects of Classes XII and X to assess Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in children that will focus on evaluating their abilities to reason and analyse than simply their memorising power.
In the newly designed paper about 10 per cent questions will be very short answer type and about 20 per cent questions will assess HOTS.
Based on the National Curriculum Framewok-2005, the Board has redesigned the question papers that will come into effect from March 2008 examinations. Besides testing understanding of information, the focus will be on measuring students’ abilities to reason, justify, analyse, process and evaluate information.
Sample question papers developed on the new design have been published. They are also available on the CBSE website. The format of the question paper will include very short answer type, short answer type, long answer type questions.
The subjects in which HOTS will be implemented are: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Political Science, History and Economics in Class XII and Languages, Social Science, Mathematics and Science in Class X.