CBSE Explores Open Book Exam System for Secondary and Senior Secondary Students

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New Delhi, 22nd February 2024: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is contemplating the implementation of the Open Book Exam (OBE) system in the annual examinations.

According to media reports, CBSE has forwarded a proposal to certain schools to conduct examinations through OBE for students from class 9th to 12th. As a trial, these schools will conduct examinations in open book mode to assess the time required for the exam.

Under the Open Book Exam system, students will be permitted to bring their own books, study materials, or notes during the examinations. Candidates will be allowed to refer to these study materials to answer the questions asked in the exam.

It is noteworthy that during the Covid-19 pandemic, Delhi University conducted examinations in open book mode.

The implementation of the Open Book Exam System by CBSE aligns with the provisions of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. According to the National Curriculum Framework based on NEP 2020, students from class 9th to 12th may be allowed to appear in the examination with books or study materials.

In this context, the Board has now requested selected schools to conduct examinations of different subjects through OBE on a trial basis.