CBSE syllabus reduced by 30% for Class IX-XII

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The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday announced a reduction of the syllabus for Class IX to XII by up to 30% for the 2020-21 academic session in view of the disruption of the schedule caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the updated curriculum, among the chapters deleted from the Class 10 syllabus are democracy and diversity, gender, religion and caste, popular struggles and movement, challenges to democracy. For Class 11, the deleted portions included chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism, growth of local governments in India.

Similarly, Class 12 students will not be required to study chapters on India’s relations with its neighbors, changing the nature of India’s economic development, social movements in India, and demonetization, among others.

Announcing the decision, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted, “Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and world, the CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th.”

“To aid the decision, a few weeks back I also invited suggestions from all educationists on the reduction of the syllabus and I am glad to share that we received more than 1.5K suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response,” he tweeted.

Covid-19 lockdown: CBSE rationalizes syllabus by up to 30% for classes 9 to 12 to reduce course load.