CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam 20212022
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a renowned educational board administering the CBSE class 10 maths exam across all affiliated schools in India. CBSE complies with the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) for secondary school education. All CBSE exams are based on the syllabus and curriculum prescribed by NCERT.
Due to the current pandemic situation, CBSE has changed the class 10 maths exam pattern for the academic year 20212022. The board has announced some significant changes for the CBSE class 10 exam. It has launched a special assessment scheme and has decided to rationalize the syllabus for Class 10 students. Read along to get more details on changes made to the Class 10 CBSE Maths Exam Pattern, syllabus, assessment scheme, and more.
As per the new guidelines, the CBSE class 10 maths exam will be organized in two phases termI and termII. To shift the focus from rote learning to competencybased learning, the board has decided to incorporate a minimum of 30% of competencybased questions in the exam. These questions may include sourcebased integrated questions, multiplechoice questions, casebased questions, or any other types of questions. Out of the remaining 70% of the exam questions, 20% will be objective type and 50% will be shortanswer and longanswer type questions.
 TermI that will be held during the month of November and December 2021.
 TermII exam will be held during the months of March and April 2022.
Each exam will be based on the half syllabus taught to students during the term. The syllabus is carefully bifurcated by the subject matter experts into terms taking into account the interconnectivity of topics. The exam will be organized at the end of each term and marks obtained in both exams and internal assessments will contribute to the final results of students. However, for academic transactions, the CBSE schools have to follow the curriculum and syllabus already released in the month of march by CBSE.
Term I CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam
The term I of the CBSE class 10 maths exam will be of 90 minutes duration. CBSE will send the question paper to its affiliated schools along with the marking scheme. The exam will be conducted by the schools and in case the school will not conduct this exam it will be carried online. Here is the unitwise marks distribution of the term I exam:
S NO. 
UNIT NAME 
MARKS 
I 
NUMBER SYSTEMS 
6 
II 
ALGEBRA 
10 
III 
COORDINATE GEOMETRY 
6 
IV 
GEOMETRY 
6 
V 
TRIGONOMETRY 
5 
VI 
MENSURATION 
4 
VII 
STATISTICS & PROBABILITY 
3 
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT 
10 

TOTAL 
50 
Term II CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam
The term II CBSE class 10 maths exam will be two hours long. The pattern of the question paper will be descriptive with both detailed questions and MCQs. It will be conducted in the centers assigned by the CBSE board and in case the paper is not conducted it will be canceled. The final marks will be calculated on the basis of performance in the term I exam and internal assessments.
S NO. 
UNIT NAME 
MARKS 
I 
ALGEBRA(Cont.) 
10 
II 
GEOMETRY(Cont.) 
9 
III 
TRIGONOMETRY(Cont.) 
7 
IV 
MENSURATION(Cont.) 
6 
V 
STATISTICS & PROBABILITY(Cont.) 
8 
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT 
10 

TOTAL 
50 
In case when both term I and term II exam will be canceled the marks will be evaluated on the basis of internal assessments. These conditions are applicable in the current years or coming year if the condition does not becomes feasible for the Class 10 Board Examination.
Internal Assessment
As directed by the board, the CBSE class 10 maths exam will be held in two terms, along with more emphasis given to the internal assessment. CBSE Class 10 students will need to take the internal assessment during the whole academic year regardless of the term I and II exam. The internal assessment will be divided among following four categories:
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT 
MARKS 
Periodic Tests 
3 
Portfolio 
2 
Multiple Assessments 
2 
Student Enrichment Activities 
3 
TOTAL MARKS 
10 Total Marks for the term 
Periodic Test
There will be a total of three periodic tests conducted for class 10. The average marks of two tests will be considered for final submission out of three. These period tests will carry 3 marks out of the total marks assigned for internal assessment.
Portfolio
Schools authorities will have to create a portfolio of the student’s performance during the academic year based on the performance in assessments. The portfolio will determine the progress, efforts, growth and accomplishments of the student. Some of the elements included in the portfolio assessment are students’ basic knowledge, completeness of work, quality of work done and fulfillment of guided work as per curriculum objectives.
Multiple Assessment
CBSE has authorized schools to conduct assessments in distinct modes as per the subject. Multiple assessments can be assignments, oral tests, activities, etc.
Subject Enrichment Activities
These activities assess the performance of students based on math projects, practicals, and skills of a student. The subject improvement activities hold 3 marks and are specific to the subject.
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FAQs on CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam
What are the changes in CBSE class 10 maths exam pattern?
There are major changes in the CBSE class 10 maths exam pattern. As per the new changes the exam will be conducted in two terms term 1 and term 2 along with more credibility given to internal assessments. Apart from this, there will be a rationalization of the syllabus.
Is NCERT math textbook enough to prepare for the CBSE Class 10 maths exam?
Yes, NCERT textbook covers the whole syllabus of the CBSE class 10 maths exam. Students can simply practice all the topics and questions to ensure good scores. Additionally, there are NCERT solutions available for students to optimize their preparation and results.
How to prepare for the CBSE Class 10 maths exam?
Here are some ultimate preparation tips for CBSE Class 10 maths exam:
 Students should devise a schedule and follow it properly. It will enable them to spend equal sufficient time on all the topics.
 Students should familiarize themselves with the exam pattern, questions, marking scheme, etc.
 Students should possess a thorough knowledge of the syllabus and topics in class10 maths. They should revise every topic thoroughly before the final board exam.
 Memorizing important formulas, graphs, theorems, etc. are advantageous to score well.
What is the pass mark for CBSE Class 10 maths exam?
As per the pattern of the CBSE class 10 maths exam, students should score a minimum of 33 percent in the exam including internal assessment, practicals and theory to pass the CBSE 10th grade maths exam.
What will be the pattern of term 1 CBSE Class 10 maths exam?
The term 1 CBSE Class 10 maths exam will be Multiple choice questions (MCQ) based examination. The duration of this exam will be 90 minutes and the syllabus will be fifty percent. The Term I examinations will be held at the schools and the question paper will be designed by the CBSE.
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