CBSE Reduces Syllabus By 30% For Classes 10 And 12

Looking at the present scenario, CBSE has reduced the syllabus for classes 10 and 12 by one third for the next academic year. The decision was taken due to the academic time lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The report said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would soon be announcing the syllabus cut which was carried out together with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).



The CBSE syllabus for class 12 (2020 to 2021) and the CBSE syllabus for class 10 was reduced in a way so that entire chapters wouldn’t be taken out. Instead, topics that were being repeated were suggested for removal. CBSE has asked NCERT to suggest such topics for removal in the CBSE syllabus reduction whose learning outcomes were already being covered by other chapters.

As per the report, all the suggestions are based on learning outcomes. It also stated that the board would be free to decide the topics in the CBSE syllabus till class 8.

In early April, CBSE had already made a few changes to the CBSE syllabus in light of the Covid-19 problems. These changes were majorly for the practical portions of various subjects.


CBSE Syllabus Reduction For Class 10

In an earlier IE report, it had stated that the CBSE syllabus for class 10 might not include topics in Mathematics such as an area of triangle and frustum of a cone, topics in science such as physical properties of metals and non-metals, Tyndall Effect on the eye and the Age of Industrialisation topic in History.

Thus, these above topics might not be included for the CBSE class 10 syllabus in the coming year.

ICSE and ISC Syllabus Reduction

Last week, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) became the first education board in India to consider syllabus reduction for the academic year of 2020-21 by slashing the ICSE or class 10 and ISC or class 12 syllabus by 25%, said the IE report.


CISCE Might Reduce The Syllabus Further If Schools Do Not Reopen Even In August.

As per the report, CISCE chief Gerry Arathoon said that the ICSE and ISC syllabus reduction was being considered in a way that students do not miss out on any core concepts and so that liner progression of classes could also take place once schools reopened.

For the ISC syllabus reduction for the coming year in Indian History, the Janata government (1977-1979), Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army, and the Kashmir problem have been dropped.

On the other hand, in the ISC World History syllabus, the Oslo Peace Accords and decolonization of China are amongst the topics dropped