National Education Policy 2020: These Students Will Face Board Exams Twice A Year (And Other Major Changes!)


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Aug 25, 2023


The Union education ministry has unveiled a fresh curriculum framework for school education, aligning it with the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), in an effort to revamp the educational landscape. 

National Education Policy 2020: These Students Will Face Board Exams Twice A Year (And Other Major Changes!)

Here are all the details!

National Education Policy 2020: All You Need To Know

This comprehensive overhaul introduces several noteworthy alterations:

Enhanced Examination Structure

Under the new curriculum framework, significant changes have been made to the examination pattern. Board examinations, previously held once a year, will now take place biannually. 

Shift in Assessment Focus

The updated board exams will shift their focus from rote memorization and months of coaching to a comprehensive evaluation of students’ understanding and competency achievements. This shift recognizes the need to assess a student’s actual grasp of concepts and their ability to apply these concepts in practical scenarios.

Flexible Subject Choice

The new framework empowers students in classes 11 and 12 by removing the constraints of traditional subject streams. Students will now have the flexibility to choose subjects based on their individual interests and aspirations, fostering a more diverse and customized learning experience.

Language Learning Emphasis

The curriculum places emphasis on language learning by requiring class 11 and 12 students to study two languages. At least one of these languages must be Indian, highlighting the importance of preserving and promoting the country’s linguistic diversity.

Textbook Development and Usage

As part of the curriculum reform, new textbooks will be developed for the 2024 academic session. A departure from the current practice of merely “covering” textbooks in the classroom, the new approach aims to optimize the utilization of textbooks while also reducing associated costs.

Adoption of ‘On Demand’ Exams

Schools are encouraged to enhance their examination infrastructure by developing the capability to offer “on demand” exams. This move is geared towards accommodating diverse learning paces and preferences among students, further aligning with the principles of individualized education.

Professional Development for Exam Personnel

The curriculum framework also underscores the importance of quality assessment. Those responsible for developing and evaluating board exams will now be required to undergo university-certified courses. This professional development approach ensures that the examiners are well-equipped to design assessments that accurately measure students’ comprehension and skills.


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