With good training from teachers and little practice of their own, students studying in classes 11th and 9th of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools can ensure a minimum of 10 marks in the examination as the board has provided a helping tool to schools for the Open Text- Based Assessment (OTBA).
The OTBA system has been introduced for the first time in three subjects of standard 11th and five subjects of standard 9th for the annual examinations scheduled next year around March.
In order to familiarize schools with this system, the board has provided them a key to crack the OTBA.
“The board has sent us a format in which the OTBA will be held. This has a topic and a series of questions that will follow,” said Sahodaya Indore cluster chairperson Prakash Chaudhary. He said that teachers of respective schools will be preparing questions for the OTBA as per board’s directives.
The board had provided details of chapters and sample papers much in advance a few months back and has now provided the key to train them for scoring.
Each subject will have 10 marks allotted for the OTBA.
“The question papers in these subjects will have an OTBA section of 10 marks based on one of the open text materials supplied by the Board,” said Advanced Academy principal Manoj Bajpai.
For example, in the total 100 marks in Economics paper in 11th standard, 80 marks have been awarded to regular assessment, 10 for project report while the remaining 10 has been allotted to OTBA that could be from unit or chapter.
What is OTBA?
In this student will be provided a passage from any chapter or unit of particular subjects.
Following the passage, students will be asked questions that will either have direct answers in the passage or will require an inference or analysis of the passage for the answer.