A recent circular issued by the CBSE says that the open book system will be implemented from March 2014 examinations for class IX and class 11. According to the circular, the major concern behind the new system is to incorporate analytical and theoretical skills, by moving away from the form of memorisation.
“With the current examination system, most students practice a habit of memorisation and with the implementation of open book system the Board is planning to get students out of the culture of learning by rote,” said a principal of one of the city based schools affiliated to CBSE, on condition of anonymity.
However, the open book system will be for 15-20% of the marks. The schools will be supplied with the text material in few months before the commencement of summative assessment - 2.
The text material will be in the form of article, a case study, a diagram, a concept/mind map, a picture or a cartoon, problem/situation, based on the concept taught to the students during second term. Following the material supplied to schools, board will set the question paper, and the same material will be supplied to students at the time of examination along with answer books and question paper.
The students need to find the answer using the material supplied and they don’t need to study that part at home. For class 9 students, the system will apply to all the main subjects and for class 11, it will apply only to Economics, Biology and Geography. The study materials will be supplied to all the schools by December 2013.
A few years ago, then commissioner for state collegiate education department Nagalambika Devi wanted to introduce the open book system at undergraduate level. But the idea was scrapped due to opposition from state universities and some academicians.
The system will be for class IX and XI students.
15-20 of marks will be based on open-book exam.
Similar idea for colleges mooted some time ago for UG level, but given up.