As the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to cut down its syllabus for classes 9-12 by 30%, one cannot help but wonder how it’s going to impact students’ preparations for competitive exams like NEET-UG, JEE (Mains), etc.
Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the CBSE was forced to cut down on its syllabus for next year’s board exams. As a result, the CBSE announced its revised syllabus, which was placed by the NTA before its subject experts’ committee. The committee then came to the conclusion that since a large number of CBSE students constitute the candidates who appear for competitive exams like NEET, the question papers will need to be edited significantly.
Paper-setting for the entrance tests in 2021 is going to be a tough affair for everyone involved as some topics from subjects like Biology, Physics and Mathematics will be cut down. These subjects constitute a major portion of questions asked in NEET and other competitive exams, and this move by CBSE has led the National Testing Agency (NTA) to consult subject experts before placing the matter in front of the Joint Admission Board (JAB).
A member of the committee stated that since most of the other education boards would continue with the same syllabus, CBSE’s revised syllabus has left the NTA and IITs in a tough position. While he also stated that this is bound to create a lot of confusion, NTA director-general Vineet Joshi has said that they will take the matter to the JAB, which is the authority on matters like these.
Not just the NTA, even the IITs will be keeping a close eye on these developments as they are responsible for setting the question papers for JEE (Advanced). According to IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao, IITs will have to take a good look at the content and the changes before forwarding it to paper-setters and the committee, who will need to be aware that some parts are no longer a part of the syllabus.
Please note that NEET-UG scheduled for September 2020 is based on the old syllabus and will NOT be affected by CBSE’s course cut.