There will be a core syllabus for science and mathematics for senior secondary students across 19 boards of education from all over the country. This will come into effect from the next academic session of 2011-12.
The combined syllabus for science and maths was developed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE). The syllabus will first be offered to students of Class 11 from the year 2011 in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
The first board examinations for the courses with the new syllabus will be conducted in the year 2013. The CBSE has already informed all schools affiliated to it and has also uploaded and published the new syllabus on its website. Other boards are still in the process of intimating their schools and students regarding the changes to the syllabus. While Andhra Pradesh have decided to implement the syllabus from the 2012 academic session.
It has been reported that CBSE and CISCE have agreed on implementing the new syllabus from this academic session. But, the UP schools education board, one of the largest in the country, has not yet taken a decision regarding the introduction of the new syllabus.
The purpose behind the introduction of the common syllabus is to offer a level-playing field to all science students who wish to appear for various competitive examinations for pursuing higher education.