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Politics over CBSE syllabus, Here’s the minister’s take.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal recently announced a major CBSE syllabus reduction with 30% of the syllabus sliced for the year 2020-21 for classes 9 to 12 because of the reduction in classroom teaching time due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The changes made in the syllabi have been finalized by the respective Course Committees with the approval of the Curriculum Committee and Governing Body of the Board. The revision of syllabi is a measure taken due to the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country.

However, CBSE stated in its notification that though 30% of the syllabus has been cut from the new academic year, teachers should ensure that students understand these topics so that they can use the information in connection with other topics.

It further stated that the deleted portions of the CBSE syllabus will not be included in the internal assessments or the year-end board exams.

However, due to different interpretations on the rationalization of the syllabus CBSE had clarified in its latest notification on July 9 that –

  1. The rationalization of syllabus up to 30% has been undertaken by the board for nearly 190 subjects of class Ix to XII for the academic session 2020-21 as a one – time measure only. The objective is to reduce the exam stress of students due to the prevailing health emergency situation and prevent learning gaps.
  2. No question shall be asked from the reduced syllabus in the board Exams 20-21 only.
  3. The schools have been directed to follow the alternative Academic Calendar prepared by NCERT for transacting the curriculum. Therefore any topics that have been mentioned anywhere in media as deleted have been covered in Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT which is already in force for all affiliated schools.

So we would like to inform all our readers at The India Rise that CBSE confirms that any topics being mentioned as dropped are either being covered by the rationalized syllabus or in the alternative academic calendar of NCERT.

 The revised syllabi are available at the link:


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Dr Vaishali Agarwal

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