CBSE to Reduce 30% Syllabus for Classes 9-12 amid Covid-19

Simran Saini
Simran SainiPublished On: July 09, 2020

To compensate the lost time for studies due to the nation-wide lockdown, CBSE has reduced 30% syllabus for classes 9 to 12.

CBSE Rationalised Curriculum

The Central Board of Secondary Education is working on rationalising the curriculum for the upcoming academic year 2020-21 to make up for the academic loss caused by Coronavirus outbreak and the reduced syllabus and the same will be ready in a month's time. Manoj Ahuja, Board Chairman informed the same. The Central govt. has decided to rationalise school syllabus up to 30% by retaining the core subjects. The board also informed that the reduced syllabus will not be a part of the internal assessment and board exam.

He informed that it is not easy to bring sudden changes in the education system which can create confusion and uncertainty. The CBSE curriculum reforms are going to be in sync with learning outcomes.

CBSE Revises Class 9-12 Syllabus (Removes Certain Chapters)

Key chapters such as Democratic Rights, Food Security in India, Federalism, Citizenship, and Secularism have been reduced from CBSE's class 9-12 syllabus in an effort to lessen the burden on students amid the COVID-19 crisis. The changes in the CBSE revised syllabus will be applicable to students of the 2020-21 batch.

Changes in CBSE Syllabus 2020-21

The changes in the CBSE syllabus for classes 9-12 are as follows:

The board has revised the Economics and Political Science courses for classes 9 to 12.

  • The chapters which are completed deleted from class 11th syllabus are: Political Science syllabus include Federalism, Citizenship, Nationalism, and Secularism.
  • From the Class 12 Political Science syllabus, CBSE has completely removed "Security in the Contemporary World", "Environment and Natural Resources", "Social and New Social Movements in India", and "Regional Aspirations".
  • From the "Planned Development" chapter, units dealing with the "changing nature of India's economic development" and "Planning Commission and Five Year Plans" have been removed.
  • "India's Relations with its Neighbours: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar" has been deleted for the present session from the chapter on India's Foreign Policy.
  • Chapters on Democratic Rights and Structure of the Indian Constitution have been removed from the Class 9 Political Science syllabus.
  • A chapter on Food Security in India has been completely removed from the Economics syllabus from the class 9 syllabus.
  • For class 10 students, chapters on "Democracy and Diversity", "Caste, Religion and Gender", and "Challenges to Democracy" have been removed.

Previously made changes in CBSE Syllabus

SubjectsStandardChanges in the CBSE Syllabus
Business Studies12thNo Changes
Accountancy12thNo Changes
  • Some addition in Chapter 15
  • No changes in practicals
  • Changes or addition in Unit 1, 7, 13 and 15
  • Number of periods for Unit 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 changed
  • Practicals reduced to 60 from 80
  • Weightage of 1 and 3 unit changed
  • Number of periods for Unit 1, 2 and 3 changed
  • Addition of a topic in Chapter 6
  • Changes in practicals
  • Addition of topics in Unit 2 and 3
  • Unit 11 (p-Block Elements) changed to Some p-Block Elements
  • Few changes in practicals
Computer Science11th
  • Units changed from 4 to 3
  • 40% changes required in practicals
Computer Science12th
  • Units changed from 4 to 3
  • 40% changes required in practicals
  • Total projects reduced to 2 from 1
  • A few topics added in Unit 6 and 7
  • A few topics deleted from Unit 2, 3 and 7

For more changes, please visit the official website of CBSE.

NCERT Revised Activities Calendar for CBSE

The NCERT revised academic calendar for classes 1 to 12 will enable students to learn standardised and quality curriculum for the home itself. In its initial stage, the calendar is for four weeks and may be extended further, depending upon the situation. All schools have been shut due to a nationwide lockdown to stop the further spread of COVID-19. However, CBSE is conducting online classes for the students but a framework like this will ensure both quality and standard.

According to the official statement, not every teacher and student has to access to the online classroom facilities. The activities are designed in such a manner that they can be easily conducted by the parents and students in their own way after talking to teachers over the phone or so.

The NCERT calendar for CBSE includes week wise plan with interesting and fun activities with reference to theme or chapters from the respective textbooks. The most interesting aspect is that it maps the themes with the learning outcomes. This aims to develop learning beyond textbooks.

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