To bring the syllabus of the Maharashtra State Board Of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on a par with other board exams,the MSBSHSE is set to introduce a revamped syllabus for Classes IX and XI for the academic session beginning June this year.
The move will enable students to tackle the existing 40 per cent difference between the syllabus followed in the state and the one prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the proposed National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). While NEET will not be conducted for Maharashtra students for the 2012 admissions on the basis of the verdict of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC,from next year,the changes incorporated are expected to help students compete at the national level if NEET is conducted for medical and engineering entrance examinations.
The new syllabus will be applicable for students of Classes IX and XI in 2012. For Classes X and XII,the changes will be introduced in 2013. While changes were introduced for science and maths,this year subjects such as political science,languages and sports and physical education will see major changes. A separate optional subject will be available for those who want to take up sports later, said MSBSHSE chairperson Ujjwala Patil.
The science and maths papers will be divided into 60 marks for theory,20 for practicals and 20 for internal exams. Till now,the theory paper was for 80 marks and the practicals were for 20 marks. Civics will be renamed as political science and the new textbooks will have chapters on Right to Education (RTE),Right to Information (RTI),human rights,Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyaan (SSA),drafting of the Constitution,fundamental rights and duties,electoral processes and an introduction to the major political parties of the country.