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CBSE Class 10th Science Exam Paper Analysis

Updated on - Mar 06th, 2021 | 06:16 PM by Samridhi Santoria

Science exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on March 4, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM. This year, around 19 lakh students had registered for the CBSE class 10th board exams. Out of these 7,88,195  were girls, 11,01,664 were boys and 19 were transgenders. It is considered one of the toughest subjects in class 10th. The analysis and review of the CBSE Class 10th Science Paper are given below.

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Structure of the CBSE Class 10th Science Question Paper

SECTIONS  TYPE OF QUESTIONS  MARKS AWARDED
Section A 14 objective type questions consisting of Multiple Choice Questions, short answer type questions and assertion-reason type questions 1 mark for each question
Section B  10 very short answer questions 3 marks for every question
Section C  6 long answer type question 5 marks for every question

This year, CBSE has made some changes to the pattern of Class 10th Science question papers. The changes found in the Science paper are given below.

Number and format of questions in Science paper

  • Compared to last year, there was an increase in the number of objective type questions. 
  • One mark questions in section 'A' of the science paper included some assertion-reason type questions or question based on visual observation, etc. This was to test logical reasoning of students.
  • The total number of questions in CBSE Class 10th science paper was increased from 27 to 30. However, the total number of 3 marks and 5 marks questions remained the same.

Overall analysis

In summary, CBSE Class 10th science paper 2020 was of moderate difficulty level with little jargon. No question was out of syllabus. However, students who were thorough on the NCERT Book would have found the paper easy and can expect high scores. From the survey conducted, many students found section B to be the toughest of all. Some found it a little time consuming when attempting section C. Some questions were repeated from last year and the average expectant marks seemed to be 75 out of 80.

Also, it was not a lengthy paper as it used to be in previous years. .8: Most of the students had around 30 minutes left after they completed the paper.

Somdatta Basu Choudhury, a science teacher for over 23 years and an experienced CBSE board examiner for over 19 years is of the opinion that the questions were all from the syllabus. She added that some questions were not straight forward, some were tricky and it was all up to the understanding of the student.

Another teacher from a coaching institute was of the opinion that the paper was moderately difficult and that an average student can secure up to 60 to 70 out of 80.

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