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Common Questions on Basic and Standard Level Mathematics in Class X

Q.1. What is the difference between the Standard Level and Basic Level of
Mathematics in class X Board examination to be held in 2020?

Ans: The existing Mathematics examination is the Standard Level Examination.
Standard-Level and Basic-level Question papers shall be based on the same
syllabus. However the Standard-Level Mathematics assesses higher
Mathematical abilities compared to Basic-Level. Accordingly, the difficulty level
of the Mathematics – ‘Basic’ is less than that of Mathematics-‘Standard’.

Q.2. Are we increasing the burden on the child by introducing the concept of two
Levels of Exams in Mathematics?

Ans: No, because the option to pick either Level is with the student. Further, the
syllabus prescribed by CBSE will remain the same for both the levels.

Q.3. Will this lead to dilution of Mathematics syllabus/teaching?
Ans: No, the idea is to make the evaluation more students centric and reduce the
pressure on the student who doesn’t want to pursue Mathematics after class X.

Q.4. Can a student opt for both Standard Level and Basic Level Exams?
Ans: No. There is only one option, either Mathematics-Standard or Mathematics-Basic.

Q.5. To continue Mathematics as a subject in class XI/XII and further, which Level
Exam does a student need to pass?

Ans: Mathematics-Standard is to be passed at class X, for taking up Mathematics at
Sr. Secondary level.

Q.6. If a student qualifies only the Mathematics-Basics in class X, can he/she opt for
Mathematics in class XI/XII?

Ans: No. If he/she intends to take Mathematics in class XI/XII, he/she has to pass

Q.7. If a student has registered for the Basic Level Exam but wishes to appear for the
Standard Level after declaration of result, can he/she do so?

Ans: Yes. He/She can appear in the Standard Level at the Compartment
examination, if he/she wishes to do so after passing the Basic Mathematics

Q.8 How I can get the Sample Papers and Q.P designs of Standard Level and
Basics level Mathematics papers?

Ans: Sample papers and Blue Print based on the curriculum for 2019-20 will be made
available on :, in due course of time.

July 29, 2020
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