The CBSE syllabus for the academic year 2020/2021 will be reduced by 30%.
8 July 2020| Last updated on 28 July 2020
The Indian syllabus will remain the same for students from grades 1 to 8.
A major reduction in the CBSE syllabus for the academic year 2020/2021 has been announced India's Human Resource Development (HRD) Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. This announcement was soon followed by an official notification reaffirming the decision.
Classes from grades 9 to 12 will see a 30% reduction in the CBSE syllabus, attributed to the significant loss of traditional classroom teaching time due to COVID-19 and lockdown. Grade 1 to 8 students will not be affected by the changes.
The decision is effective to all schools following the CBSE curriculum, including the CBSE schools in Oman.
"The board has decided to revise the syllabi for classes IX-XII for the academic session 2020-21," said Dr Joseph Emmanuel, Director of Academics at CBSE, in a statement.
"However the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for internal assessment and year-end board examination," he continued.
Dr. Ramesh Nishank added: "Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalise syllabus up to 30 percent by retaining the core concepts."
"Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class IX to XII," said the HRD Minister.
The curriculum saw a slight reduction in its practical portions during early April, but as India's lockdown extended and the pandemic grew, the syllabus required a cut.