On Wednesday, The CBSE announced re-test for Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics after question papers leaked were shared on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
“a new ‘leak-proof’ system would be put in place for conducting the board exams as parents and students said the re-rests were unfair and discouraging.” said Prakash Javadekar Union HRD minister.
How the CBSE question papers are set and how the board tries to ensure confidentiality:
Who sets the CBSE question paper?
CBSE categorizes 4-5 experts in each subject, including college and school teachers, to make three versions each of a question paper. Then teachers send their papers in a sealed envelope to the board. A high-powered committee, including university and school teachers, and principals, check if the question papers follow board’s standards. They finalise different sets for each subject and send sealed copies to CBSE.
When does the process start?
In the month of July and August every year.
How are the three sets different?
The questions are set with a different sequence in each set. The questions in all sets are mostly same. However, the difficulty level in each set is the same.
How is confidentiality ensured in setting papers?
The experts chosen for setting the paper have no idea whether their questions will be selected to the final stage.
The paper which failed the test
The question paper was received by students at 10.15am at exam centres. 15 minutes are given to students to go through the question paper before they can start writing the answers on the sheet at 10.30am. On Tuesday at around 6 pm leaked hand-written papers were received by students and parents. Some students had it for two days.