AP SSC exam will have 6 papers instead of 11 for concluding Academic Year.The government has issued orders regarding newly introducing six paper pattern examinations to reduce the strain on students of the tenth standard during the COVID-19.
So far, there were 11 paper exams for the students. This new pattern will be for this year only to tide over the difficulties involved due to COVID19 and the consequent lockdown, explained B Rajasekhar, Principal Secretary, School Education department in a GO MS No 30. He further explained that this pattern is for SSC Public Examinations 2020 and advanced supplementary examinations 2020 only.
The six paper pattern introduced for the benefit of the students belong to the poor and vulnerable households, those who have no access or partial access to technology to be provided with a level playing field to ensure equity. The six subjects will have six papers with 100 marks each. As part of this, both General Science Paper -1 (Physical Science) and GS Paper -2 (Biological Science) will be merged as one paper as General Science. But, this GS paper will be divided into Part A and Part B with continuous question numbers up to 33.
Each part will be divided into four sections. At the same time, the answer booklet and OMR sheet will be issued separately for Part – A and Part – B to facilitate evaluation without any difficulty. There will be no change in the marks pattern of Composite courses such as 03T/04S and 03U/08H, 05A, 06P and the OSSC courses. There will be no change in the Vocational courses. The examination will be carried duly following the containment, control and prevention of COVID-19 guidelines, explained Rajasekhar
The Minister referred to suggestions from many quarters that the exams be done away with in view of the stringent restrictions on the movement of people due to the lockdown, and said, “It will not be in the interest of the future of the students.” Acknowledging the fact that “this period of uncertainty” had put tremendous pressure on students in the last three months, he said the exams were first postponed as the dates overlapped with the local body elections, and later it was due to the lockdown in the aftermath of the outbreak of COVID-19.
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