The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is continuing a major stride in renovating various aspects of education in affiliated schools. The central board has now decided to automate the process of generation and delivery of question papers for Standard IX and X. It is said that a new software will generate the question papers or the Summative Assessments (SA) is the written exam conducted by CBSE under its Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CEC) process.
This software will be prepared by an IT company chosen after a competitive bidding process. A huge question bank will be created by the board and fed into the templates in the software. The question paper for each subject will be set according to various parameters. The question could be textual, pictorial or in multiple choice formats and the software is expected to consolidate all the requirements accordingly. It is estimated that thousands of questions will be needed in the template, thus enabling the software to offer variety. And every year more questions will be added to the bank periodically.
CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma said, "Use of technology is need of the hour. CBSE's jurisdiction is now across the globe and we need to have infrastructure commensurate with our scope of work. Lot of man-hours will be saved by automating the question paper generation process and also prepare us for bigger changes ahead."
The process also gives a breakthrough to the security angle, since question papers can be generated and printed just hours before the exam. The IT company making the software has been asked to keep adequate hardware backup for almost 8,000 schools in order to generate and download question papers simultaneously.