In an attempt to bring in uniformity across different education boards in the country, the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) is planning a common syllabus and common question papers for Science and Mathematics exam papers for class 12 across all educational Boards (CBSE, State Boards, ICSE etc) in the country. This is scheduled to be introduced from the academic year 2014- 15.
The common exam paper design will be pilot- tested in five states, namely Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Kerala. Based on the experience, any changes needed will be incorporated and then tabled for approval before the COBSE.
The common design of the exam papers will ensure that the difficulty levels as well as the marking systems will be even across all the boards, thus bringing in uniformity in the education and evaluation process. This uniformity would offer equal opportunities for all students when appearing for centralized entrance examinations like the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The JEE entrance exam will consider the Class 12 board exam marks by giving 40% weightage to it for their merit list from this year onwards.