The state government on Thursday released a blueprint for conducting the Secondary School Certificate(SSC) examination this academic year. Many aspects of the exam pattern were revised such as the types and number of questions, percentage-wise breakup of marks, average time per question and an average time to be given to each section per subject.
Earlier, the government announced that the examination will be conducted in a seven-paper pattern to ease the burden on students; the General Science paper was split into two. The government order issued on Thursday said each paper will have 12 objective type questions of one mark each (12 percent of the total marks for each subject); 1.5 minutes per question was suggested, which takes the total time to be given to the section to 18 minutes.
This will be followed by eight questions of two marks each (16 percent) which can be finished in 24 minutes. Eight more questions will carry four marks each (32 percent). Students can dedicate 48 minutes to this section. The last section will consist of five easy-type questions of eight marks each (40 percent of the total marks). The time advised for the section is one hour. The students will have to answer a total of 33 questions of 100 marks in 150 minutes. The patterns for the two General Science papers will be similar to the previous years.