CBSE: Details of OTBA

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In the year 2013, Central Board of Secondary Education launched OTBA which is also known as Open Text Book Assessment. The assessment is only for the students studying in Class 9 and 11.

The main reason behind the introduction of OTBA is to make the students get rid of the burden of mugging up of content given in their prescribed books. Instead provide them with such golden opportunities where they make effective use of memory and acquire more and more skills of information processing.
CBSE-OTBA
CBSE-OTBA
The OTBA has been introduced as part of in Summative Assessment II only. Hence OTBA marks will not be part of Summative Assessment I and SA I will be of 90 Marks only. The Board has been placing more importance on assessment of higher order thinking skills.

Hence recalling and remembering also plays a vital role in the teaching learning process. Knowledge of facts and events should be part of the teaching process and should be used as a base to acquire more in depth knowledge of information and skills.

OTBA is introduced only in two languages, Hindi and English of Class IX. Hence if in case the school does not teach in the aforesaid mediums then the teachers are free to take assessment in any subject of their choice in formative assessment/s.

OTBA will be of very much help even to the slow learners as through cooperative learning and teachers’ encouragement and guidance, all students will strive ahead to achieve expected levels of learning.

Lasy year’s Theme of OTBA



Subject & Code
Units/Themes Theme for OTBA 2015 Marks Distribution
(valid for one theme)
English
(101 & 184)
Environment/
Tourism
1. India’s Tryst with Mars
2. The Cleaning-up Campaign  sweeps across the Country
5+5
Hindi
(002 & 185) 
 Education/
Health 
1. Swasthaya
2. Mangal par Bharat kaManglaaagman 
5+5 
 Social Science Unit 4:
Chapter 3

Poverty as a
Challenge
1.  A Story of Two Brothers
2.  Living on the edge  
 5+5
 Science
(086/090)
Unit 4:
Our Environment
1. Understanding the Environment       of  Mars.
2. Clean India- We mean it!  
 2+3+5
Mathematics
(041)
Unit 7
Statistics
1. AtithidevoBhava
2. Empower to Learn
3+3+4

Class 11 OTBA



Subject & Code
Units/Themes Theme for OTBA 2015 Marks Distribution
(valid for one theme)
Economics
(030)
Unit 5

Current
Challenges
1. Oil Pricing Policy in India
2. A Critical Analysis of Farmers’
Condition in Punjab
5+5
Geography
(029)
Unit 4:
Climate
1. Good News from Antarctica: The Hole in the Ozone Layer is
Shrinking!

2. Tropical Super Cyclone-Phailin,
Disaster Preparedness and
Response
5+5 
 Biology
(044)
Unit I:

Diversity in
living
organisms
1. Quantifying Evidences of
    Sensitivity

2. Environmental Sanitation
 5+5

CBSE will extend its help to the schools in generating the Online Question Papers for the below mentioned subjects ONLY.

  • English Communicative (Code No. 101)
  • English Language & Literature (Code No. 184)
  • Hindi Course A (Code No. 002)
  • Hindi Course B (Code No. 085)
  • Mathematics (Code No. 041)
  • Science (Code No. 086)
  • Social Science (Code No. 087)
  • Communicative Sanskrit (Code No. 122)

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