OTBAOpen Text Based Assessment
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Initially, there was a lot of confusion regarding OTBA even among teachers.
The instructions further mentions that the textual material will be related to chosen concepts taken from the syllabi as OTBA will have questions of higher order thinking skills and some of which may be subjective, creative and open ended"(TOI, June 18, 2013).
For OTBA for Class XI, the Board's instructions mention that it will be applicable to Economics, Biology and Geography subjects only.
The Board has given instructions to all the schools coming under its ambit that OTBA for Class IX in March, 2014 would be applicable to all the main subjects.
However, the OTBA format that allows students to carry books to the examination hall are not without its demerits: It would be difficult to ensure that all students are equally equipped regarding the books they bring into the exam because the stocks of library books may be limited and also some books may be expensive to students.
The OTBA aims at putting education in its proper perspective and help realize its aim: to learn the basics; learn to use the acquired knowledge in getting the thoughts, choices and actions right.
For class IX, OTBA will be applicable to all subjects while only economics, biology and geography are going to have such questions in class XI in this academic session.