CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Here’s all you should know about the latest exam pattern for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam for 2020 - question pattern, evaluation scheme, components of internal assessment and latest updates.

By Hannah Mathew & Dr Shyam Kumar

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)
Children writing Class 10 Board exams

It’s the final countdown to the class 10 board exams conducted by The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). While the theory exams commence on February 15, 2020, the practical exams are scheduled from January 01, 2020 to February 7, 2020. The admit cards for class 10 board examinations 2020 have already been released on the CBSE website.

Most parents are not aware of the new rules and changes introduced by CBSE in the pattern of class 10 examination. If your child is planning to appear for the upcoming class 10 board exam, ensure that she understands in detail everything about the CBSE new exam pattern for 2020.

Here are a few facts that every student and parent must know.

New rules, updates & major changes in CBSE class 10 exam pattern

  • CBSE has issued new rules for CBSE registration for class 10 board exams. For this year, the CBSE registrations have begun from August 8, 2019.
  • CBSE registration fee for class 10, 2020 has increased from Rs 1,050 to Rs 1,500 for General category candidates. For SC/ST candidates, the fee is Rs 1,200 for five subjects.
  • A recent notice by the CBSE mandates minimum 75% attendance for students to be able to appear for class 10 board examinations.
  • CBSE Board exam to be conducted as per CBSE syllabus, not NCERT books.
  • No more subject change for class 10. Students are expected to opt subjects in class 9 which they would like to continue in the next class.
  • CBSE has introduced experiential learning from 2019-20 session to discourage rote learning and develop reasoning ability, problem solving and critical thinking for students.
  • Regarding the question paper pattern, there will be lesser number of questions, internal choices on 33% of the questions, and an increase in objective questions.
  • The theory exam will be out of 80 marks, and internal assessment will amount to 20 marks in subjects with no practical assessment.
  • Two level mathematics for class 10 - Basic Mathematics and Standard Mathematics.
  • According to the CBSE, the pass marks criteria for class 10 will be an overall 33% marks in each subject (theory plus practical or internal assessment taken together).

CBSE new pattern for class 10 exams in 2020 (all main subjects)

  1. Each subject has Periodic Tests (PT) for 10 marks, Notebook Submissions for 5 marks and Subject Enrichment Activities for 5 marks each.
  2. The theory paper is for 80 marks.
  3. The duration for each paper varies from 2 to 3 hours.
  4. The minimum percentage for a pass is 33%.

CBSE class 10 maths exam pattern 2020

Two versions of the Math paper, Basic Mathematics and Standard Mathematics, have been introduced this year. This will help students who are not keen on pursuing Mathematics after class 10. Basic Maths is an easier version that has only simple and straightforward math problems. Standard Maths is for students who wish to pursue science or commerce streams in class 12.

The course book and syllabus remain the same for all students; only the question paper will be set differently.

Internal assessment (IA)

  • Pen Paper Test and Multiple Assessment (5+5) for 10 marks
  • Portfolio for 5 marks
  • Lab Practical for 5 marks

Annual board exam

Section-wise marks break-up

  • Section A: 20 objective type questions of 1 mark each
  • Section B: 6 questions of 2 marks each
  • Section C: 8 questions of 3 marks each
  • Section D: 6 questions of 4 marks each

CBSE Class 10 blueprint for Basic Maths (241)

Question paper design

Time: 3 hours

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Source: CBSE

CBSE Class 10 blueprint for Standard Maths (041)

Question paper design

Time: 3 hours

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Source: CBSE

Weightage for each topic

  • Number Systems - 6 marks
  • Algebra - 20 marks
  • Coordinate Geometry - 6 marks
  • Geometry - 15 marks
  • Trigonometry - 12 marks
  • Mensuration - 10 marks
  • Statistics and Probability - 11 marks

CBSE class 10 new pattern for Science exam

Internal assessment (IA)

  • Periodic Assessment (5+5) for 10 marks
  • Portfolio for 5 marks
  • Subject Enrichment (Practical Work) for 5 marks

Annual board exam

Section-wise marks break-up

  • Section A: 14 questions of 1 mark each
  • Section B: 10 questions of 3 marks each
  • Section C: 6 questions of 6 marks each

Note: Choices will be internal and not overall, in all three sections.

CBSE Class 10 Blueprint 2020 for Science (086)

Question paper design

Time: 3 hours

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Source: CBSE

Weightage for each topic

  • Chemical Substances – Nature and Behaviour - 25 marks
  • World of Living - 23 marks
  • Natural Phenomena - 12 marks
  • Effects of Current - 13 marks
  • Natural Resources - 7 marks

CBSE class 10 new exam pattern for Social Science

Internal assessment (IA)

  • Periodic Tests for 10 marks
  • Portfolio for 5 marks
  • Subject Enrichment Activities for 5 marks

Annual board exam

Section-wise marks break-up

  • Section A: 20 questions of 1 mark each
  • Section B: 8 questions of 3 marks each
  • Section C: 6 questions of 5 marks each

Note: All questions will have internal choices.

CBSE Class 10 Blueprint 2020 for Social Science (087)

Question paper design

Time: 3 hours

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Source: CBSE 

Weightage for each topic

  • India and The Contemporary World II - 20 marks
  • Contemporary India II - 20 marks
  • Democratic Politics II - 20 marks
  • Economic Development - 20 marks

CBSE class 10 new exam pattern for English 

Internal assessment (IA)

  • Periodic Tests for 10 marks
  • Test of Listening and Speaking Skills for 5 marks
  • Subject Enrichment Activities for 5 marks

Annual board exam

Section-wise marks break-up

  • Section A: 12 questions (1 mark each) and 4 questions (2 marks each)
  • Section B: 12 questions (1 mark each), 1 question (8 marks) and 1 question (10 marks)
  • Section C: 4 questions (1 mark each), 5 questions (2 marks each), 2 questions (8 marks each)

CBSE Class 10th English Blueprint

Question paper design

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Source: CBSE

Weightage for each topic

  • Reading Skills - 20 marks
  • Writing Skills with Grammar - 30 marks
  • Literature Textbook and Supplementary Reading Text - 30 marks

Note: All questions are compulsory

CBSE class 10 new pattern for Hindi Course A

Internal assessment (IA)

  • Periodic Tests for 10 marks
  • Notebook Submission for 5 marks
  • Subject Enrichment Activities for 5 marks

Annual board exam

Section-wise marks break-up

  • Section A: 4 questions (10 marks)
  • Section B: 4 questions (16 marks)
  • Section C: 5 questions (34 marks)
  • Section D: 3 questions (20 marks)

CBSE class 10 new pattern for Hindi Course B

Internal assessment (IA)

  • Periodic Tests for 10 marks
  • Notebook Submission for 5 marks
  • Subject Enrichment Activities for 5 marks

Annual board exam

Section-wise marks break-up

  • Section A: 1 question (10 marks)
  • Section B: 5 questions (16 marks)
  • Section C: 5 questions (28 marks)
  • Section D: 5 questions (26 marks)

For blueprints and detailed information regarding all remaining subjects, refer the official CBSE website.

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CBSE 10th exam date sheet 2020

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)

Source of date sheet: CBSE 

Tips to prepare for CBSE class 10 board exam

CBSE New Exam Pattern For Class 10, 2020 (All Subjects)
Preparing for the exams
  1. Read the CBSE textbooks in detail.
  2. Maintain a separate booklet with all formulae, definitions and diagrams.
  3. Attempt sample question papers which have been posted on various websites and are available in most bookshops.
  4. According to some CBSE teachers, myCBSEguide.com is a website that they frequently refer to and recommend for students.

A Math teacher in Kendriya Vidyalaya with 32 years of experience teaching class 10 students, Christopher Selvaraj, has the following 5-pointers for students for these last few weeks before the exams:

  1. Revise two chapters from each subject per day.
  2. Also answer an entire sample question paper per day, from any one subject.
  3. Question papers of the old pattern are also valuable as they cover the entire syllabus.
  4. Focus on writing answers to the questions and managing time well; not on accuracy.
  5. Ideally a question paper should be answered in two and a half hours, affording enough time to check answers and attend to difficult questions.

Your child and you have had a demanding academic year. May all your efforts be fruitful! All the very best!

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About the authors:

Written by Hannah Mathew and Dr Shyam Kumar on 28 January 2020

Hannah Mathew is an Assistant Professor of English, a freelance writer, soft skills trainer, learning content developer, mentor, diagnostic counsellor and devoted mom to a teenager.

Dr Shyam Kumar holds a degree in Homoeopathy with an MBA in Hospital Management and has worked across multiple disciplines including healthcare and technology. As a nature lover, he attended the world's first underwater CEO's conference to combat marine pollution.

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