CBSE Open Text based Assessment (OTBA) for Class 9 and 11

CBSE Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA)

The question papers in main subjects at Summative Assessment II will be of 90 marks (in English, of 70 marks + 20 marks for ASL) based on prescribed syllabus and question paper design. The question paper in each main subject will have a separate section of 10 marks for Open Text-based Assessment (OTBA). The schools have been asked to follow the instruction given in that Circular.

The OTBA has been introduced in Summative Assessment II only. Hence till further directions are issued, SA I will be of 90 Marks only. The Report Card will reflect grade points/ grades based on Students performance in Formative Assessments 1,2,3,4 and Summative Assessments I and II.

The question paper in each main subject will have a separate section of 10 marks for open-text-based assessment (OTBA). The OTBA section will comprise of text material accompanied by 2-3 questions based on that text. Hence, there is no need of carrying the Open Text material to the Examination Centre. The questions will be based on one of the two themes of open text material supplied to students in advance.

It has been decided to introduce OTBA in Class XI in only three subjects. Based on the feedback from teachers and students, the decision to extend it to more subjects will be taken.

The importance of recalling and remembering cannot be denied in the teaching learning process. Based on the knowledge of facts, figures, events, etc., that the learner is able to further process it, derive meaningful information and apply to new situations for further enrichment and extension of his learning. Hence it is very important that knowledge of facts and events is integral to the teaching learning process and used as a base to acquire more indepth information and skills.

The OTBA aims to reduce the learning stress on students in many ways. With the supply of text material to students in advance, sufficient time is given to students to process it and link the learnt concepts to given situation. Since the text material is also part of the Question paper, the student is relieved from the burden of remembering the content given there in. As far as attempting more questions within the same time is concerned, the Board wishes to assure you that every care will be taken to ensure that the question paper along with OTBA section is completed within the given time limit.

OTBA is an alternative mode of assessment which can be tried by teachers in any subject of their choice in formative assessment/s. However, as far as Summative Assessment is concerned, the question paper will be set as per the prescribed design and syllabus.

The questions under OTBA Section will not be directly based on the text material supplied. Rather it will test the students’ ability to apply the learnt concepts to the situation given in the open text material. The students will be tested on their ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret the given situation and offer suggestions and opinions on the given issues based on their knowledge of concepts.

The role of teachers is to motivate all sections of learners and provide opportunities to students to apply theoretical concepts to a real-life scenario by encouraging active and group learning in the Class. It is expected that through cooperative learning and teachers’ encouragement and guidance, all students will strive ahead to achieve expected levels of learning.

The teachers are expected to read, discuss and analyze the open test material with respect to:

  • Their objectives.
  • Concepts involved
  • Application of concepts to situation
  • Description and further explanation of the Case/problem
  • Higher Order thinking skills involved.
  • Analysis with different perspectives.

They should then assign them to students in groups for further analysis and discussions.

The Questions given along with the Open Text Material in different subjects are only as Samples. The teachers are expected to use them as base and develop more such open ended questions for use by students. The Examination Questions will be different from the ones given as Samples.

The OTBA has been introduced at present in the five main subjects of Secondary level, ie, Hindi, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. For rest of the subjects/languages, the teachers are expected to follow prescribed syllabus and question paper design.

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