30 minutes extra will be given to the students of IX and XI in their Open Text Book Assessment (OTBA). The decision was taken by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for OTBA, which will be conducted in March 2014, for the first time.
The OTBA questions will be additional to the original number questions as per last year's pattern, hence the central board decided to allow an extra half hour to students.
Sadhana Parashar, director of CBSE, informed schools in her letter, stating "it has been provided in the circulars that OTBA questions will be an additional to usual questions set for three hours. In view of the above, schools are directed to give me 3 to 3 and a half hours to the examinees in each of the subjects where open text based assessment has been introduced. This time will be in addition to the 15 minutes allotted to read the question paper."
According to the board, class IX and XI are the only two classes eligible for OTBA, rest of the others are kept aside from this examination. Course material for class IX's OTBA is already available for main subjects like English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Whereas for class XI, the course material is released for the subjects like Geography, Economics and Biology. OTBA is only applicable for these subjects this year.
The board has made sure that this new form of examination doesn't alter the process of conduction exam. The board has also reworked the marks distribution system to accommodate OTBA scored in the main subjects marks itself. The question papers in the main subjects at SA-II will be of 90 marks (in English, of 70 marks + 20 marks for assessment of speaking and listening skills) based on prescribed syllabus and question paper design. The question paper in each main subject will have separate section of 10 marks for OTBA.