Patna: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairperson Anand Kishore, at a press meet in Patna on Saturday, said that board had changed the syllabus and pattern of the inter exams which will go into effect in the 2019-21 academic calendar.
Kishore said that currently the students have the option of taking two papers in the same vernacular – one of 100 marks and the other of 50 marks. A sub-committee has been formed to simplify this provision, he said.
"We have been studying pattern currently used in board exams in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and some other states and have decided to follow the CBSE pattern for the Class 11 and 12 students," he said.
Under the new changes, students will have to take either Hindi or English in the first vernacular subject and in the second, it will have a choice of Hindi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Magahi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Arabi, Persian, Bengali, or Pali as long as the subject is not part of the first vernacular subject (Hindi or English).
On the optional science, students will have to choose three papers from Art, Science, Commerce, or Business Statistics while as extra papers, a student could choose from any subject from the above four categories.
Giving some leeway to the students who may be weak in one subject but strong in another, the new changes allows students taking six subjects to use the marks earned in the sixth subject to substitute it for marks in a subject that he or she has failed provided the failed subjects are not Hindi or English.