CBSE grants 30 minutes extra for open book exams
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to give 30 minutes extra to students of Class IX and XI in the March 2014 final exams, specifically for the open book exam. The Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) will debut in March as a separate section within the main question paper. The OTBA questions will be addition to the original number questions as per last year's pattern, hence the central board decided to allow an extra half-hour to students.
CBSE director Sadhana Parashar wrote to schools saying, "It has been provided in the circulars that OTBA questions will be in addition to usual questions set for three hours. In view of the above, schools are directed to give time of 3-3½ 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."
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