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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) has announced an update in the board examinations to be conducted this year. CBSE has released a circular that states the current academic year is divided into two terms. At the end of each term, there would be an exam conducted. In this article, we look at all the important information that one needs to know about the updated curriculum. We will also look at a few official CBSE sample papers with the updated 2022 pattern and you can download the Class X CBSE Sample Papers.

The new pattern update has caused widespread panic and a lot of misinformation is out there amongst students and teachers alike. So we at Filo have decided to eradicate the myths and state the facts out loud.

Should you panic as a CBSE Student? How can you be on top of this new updated pattern?

Even though there is no need to panic, it is understandable if you are uncertain about the state of CBSE boards exams in the year 2021-22.

If you have questions like:

  1. What is the pattern update for CBSE 2021-22 exams?
  2. Is the entire CBSE class 12 board exam objective?
  3. Is there a subjective portion in the board exams?
  4. What is the syllabus of the new board exams? Has the syllabus changed from the last year?
  5. What is included in each term in the board exam?
  6. How can I study for the new CBSE pattern?
  7. How will internal marks be evaluated in the new pattern?
  8. Where can I practise the official sample paper with the updated pattern?
  9. Are there any updated mock tests with the updated CBSE pattern?
  10. What is the impact of covid on the class XII board exams this year?

This article is for you and after reading through this, you’d find answers to these questions and more. The first rule of staying ahead in your study process is to embrace new updates and be prepared for the same. As they say, the early bird takes the worm!


Important points for Class X Students Who are appearing for CBSE Board exams in 2021-2022

  1. Term 1 will have questions from 50% of the syllabus and Term 2 will have the rest of 50% as its syllabus. 
  2. Internal Assessment (throughout the year-irrespective of Term I and II) would include the 3 periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio and practical work/ speaking listening activities/ project.  
  3. Term 1 exams will be held around November – December 2021 while Term 2 exams will be held around March-April 2022.
  4. The first term paper will be of 90 minute duration while the second term paper can be upto 2 hours depending on the situation. 

Term-Wise Updates

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Term-I Update: 

  • At the end of the first term, the Board will organize Term I Examination in a flexible schedule to be conducted between November-December 2021 with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of the country and abroad. Dates for conduct of examinations will be notified subsequently.  
  • The Question Paper will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) including case-based MCQs and MCQs on assertion-reasoning type. Duration of the test will be 90 minutes and it will cover only the rationalized syllabus of Term I only (i.e. approx. 50% of the entire syllabus).  
  • Question Papers will be sent by the CBSE to schools along with the marking scheme.  
  • The exams will be conducted under the supervision of the External Center Superintendents and Observers appointed by CBSE.  
  • The responses of students will be captured on OMR sheets which, after scanning may be directly uploaded at CBSE portal or alternatively may be evaluated and marks obtained will be uploaded by the school on the very same day. The final direction in this regard will be conveyed to schools by the Examination Unit of the Board.  
  • Marks of the Term I Examination will contribute to the final overall score of students

Term-II Update: 

  • At the end of the second term, the Board would organize Term II or Year end Examination based on the rationalized syllabus of Term II only (i.e. approximately 50% of the entire syllabus).  
  • This examination would be held around March-April 2022 at the examination centres fixed by the Board.  
  • The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type).  
  • In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination a 90 minute MCQ based exam will be conducted at the end of the Term II also.  
  • Marks of the Term II Examination would contribute to the final overall score. 

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Term-wise Syllabus for All Subjects in CBSE: 

Here we will look at the latest updated term-wise syllabus for CBSE Class X for the year 2021-22. These are the syllabus updates for both Class IX and Class X, so go through each subject pdf carefully and identify the portion of the class X syllabus. 

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Subject-Wise Deleted Portion of the Syllabus:

This portion marks the deleted syllabus as per the 2020-21 Syllabus update which impacted the syllabus significantly. 

Internal Assessment Guidelines

CBSE has also introduced guidelines to conduct the internal assessments for class X students. Internal Assessment will be carried out as per the existing scheme across the year except that their assessment will be done twice and both will contribute equally in overall assessment as provided: 

Sample Papers for Class X Based on the Updated 2021-22 Pattern(All Subjects)

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Here you can find the direct download links to the Official Class X CBSE Sample papers with the 2021-22 updated pattern along with the marking scheme.

SubjectSample Question PaperMarking Scheme
Elements of Book Keeping and AccountancySQPMS
Elements of BusinessSQPMS
English (Language & Literature)SQPMS
Home ScienceSQPMS
Computer ApplicationSQPMS
Mathematics (Basic)SQPMS
Mathematics (Standard)SQPMS
Social ScienceSQPMS
Hindustani Music (Melodic)SQPMS
Hindustani Music (Percussion)SQPMS
Hindustani Music (Vocal)SQPMS
Carnatic Music-Melodic InstrumentsSQPMS
Carnatic Music-Percussion InstrumentsSQPMS
Carnatic Music-VocalSQPMS
Bahasa MelayuSQPMS
Rai LanguageSQPMS
Telugu TelanganaSQPMS

SQPs of the remaining subjects will be coming soon.


  1. When is the CBSE Class X board Exam? 

The board exams for class X will be held twice a year as per the new curriculum update from CBSE. Once in November-December 2021 and once in March-April 2022.

  1. What is the new pattern for the CBSE class X board exam?

CBSE has decided to bifurcate the year into two terms. Each term will have a board exam with a 50-50% syllabus bifurcation. For a detailed syllabus, visit this link. For detailed term-by-term differences, visit this link!

  1. How can covid impact class X board exams 2021-22?

Assessment / Examination as per different situations 

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A. In case the situation of the pandemic improves and students are able to come to schools or centres for taking the exams. Board would conduct Term I and Term II examinations at schools/centres and the theory marks will be distributed equally between the two exams. 

B. In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during November-December 2021, but Term II exams are held at schools or centres. The term I MCQ based examination would be done by students online/offline from home – in this case, the weightage of this exam for the final score would be reduced, and the weightage of Term II exams will be increased for declaration of the final result. 

C. In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during March-April 2022, but Term I exams are held at schools or centres. Results would be based on the performance of students on Term I MCQ based examination and internal assessments. The weightage of marks of the Term I examination conducted by the Board will be increased to provide year-end results of candidates. 

D. In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools and Board conducted Term I and II exams are taken by the candidates from home in the session 2021-22. Results would be computed on the basis of the Internal Assessment/Practical/Project Work and Theory marks of Term-I and II exams taken by the candidate from home in Class X / XII subject to the moderation or other measures to ensure validity and reliability of the assessment. In all the above cases, data analysis of marks of students will be undertaken to ensure the integrity of internal assessments and home-based exams.

  1. How can I download the latest CBSE Class X sample papers with the updated 2022 pattern? 

We have the latest sample papers for class X CBSE , follow this link for direct download links. 

  1. Will Internal evaluation be conducted for class X in the year 2021-2022?

Yes, the internal evaluation will be conducted for the academic year 2021-22, follow this link for the information. 

  1. How can I know more about the pattern update for CBSE class X exam? 

Follow this link: for all updates regarding the Class X CBSE curriculum update. You can also subscribe to the Filo blog and we will make sure you get the latest curriculum updates, exam news and much more! Subscribe in the form below! 

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