Retain existing exam format in 12th science, Gujarat board. (50% MCQ, 50% Subjective).

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As we are aware, in August 2018, Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Gandhinagar ( published an office order stating that, starting from March 2020 and onwards, the exam format for 12th science will be changed. The new format will have 80% subjective and 20% objective (not MCQ) questions in 100 marks paper. This is different from the existing format, i. e. 50% subjective + 50% MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions).

The existing / old format where MCQ content was more, was more supportive to the students, as it was nearer to the competitive entrance exams formats like JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced), GUJCET, NEET, (all of which are 100% MCQ) held in Gujarat. Furthermore all other entrance exams for engineering / medical courses like AIIMS, JIPMAR, BITS, VITEEE, COMEDK and many more are based on 100% MCQ. Students are supposed to take 1 Gujarat board exam and about 5 more competitive entrance exams (with 100% MCQ), within a short period of 3 months.

If the Gujarat Board Exam becomes 80% subjective, which is to be taken along with the other entrance exams having different format, it adversely affects performance of students in the desired competitive exams.

Further, in ACPC merit, 60% weightage is given to Board (GSEB / CBSE), and 40% to GUJCET.

The above comparison clearly indicates that except GSEB, all other entrance exams are based on 100% MCQ.

Also, in addition to change in exam format, the syllabus of GSEB has also changed to NCERT syllabus, starting from the same year. And so, past reference exam papers or study material for board exams are not available to students.

As against the above CBSE, which earlier had more subjective format, has now introduced minimum 25% objective, and also 33% optional questions. For Physics, Chemistry and Biology, CBSE conducts exam of 70 marks only (for 3 hours duration). For Maths, CBSE has made exam of 80 marks (also for 3 hours duration), instead of earlier 100 marks exam. In that manner, CBSE is trying to become more supportive to aspiring students.

We urge the Hon. Education Minister, Government of Gujarat, and Chairman, Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board to consider NOT changing the existing exam format, and retain the 50% MCQ. This will help maintain equal and balanced competition of the students of Gujarat Board, CBSE and other boards.

We seek your cooperation in the above.

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