NIOS 10TH EXAM PATTERN 2021: KNOW MARKING SCHEME & EXAM DURATION

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is an Open School that provides education to a heterogeneous group of learners up to higher secondary level through open and distance learning (ODL) mode. The learning happens through printed self-instructional material, audio and video programs, a personal contact program (PCP), and Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA).

 

NIOS has an On-Demand Examination System (ODES) at the secondary level, which offers 28 subjects in eight mediums: Hindi, English, Urdu, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam, and Odia, for secondary examinations. NIOS also offers vocational subjects in combination with academic subjects at the secondary stage.

 

To pass the exam, a student must attend all the classes at the center so that he/she can get complete guidance from their tutors and attain a good score in the tutor-marked assignment as it carries 20% weightage.

 

Students preparing for the NIOS exams must go through the NIOS 10th syllabus carefully along with the pattern of the examinations. Students must also solve the NIOS 10th sample question papers having an insight into the type of questions asked in the exams.

 

The NIOS secondary course is equivalent to the tenth class, and a student is required to complete a minimum of 5 subjects with a minimum of one language and a maximum of two languages, to be eligible for certification.


THE SUBJECTS ARE BROADLY DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES- GROUP A AND GROUP B

SECONDARY/CLASS 10TH SUBJECTS MARKS

NIOS 10TH MARKING SCHEME

A student has nine chances to appear in the public examinations for over five years. The credits gained are accumulated until the student gets the required credits for certification. NIOS has an evaluation system where the student has the freedom to answer the questions in public examinations in any one of the scheduled regional languages, although the question papers supplied are generally in English, Hindi, and regional languages.

The information about examination centers and results is available online. The public examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November. Students can appear through the On-Demand Examination at the secondary level in those subjects for which students have been given admission in NIOS.

Students need to register by filling up the examination form and paying the examination fee as indicated. Examination centers are chosen by NIOS, but they are normally district headquarters, sub-divisional headquarters, and other available places nearest to the AIs.

After going through the entire NIOS 10th Exam Pattern, students must go through the NIOS preparation tips for Class 10th to help in strategizing the study schedule better.

NIOS GRADING SYSTEM FOR CLASS 10

The grading of subjects is made of two parts, Tutor Marked Assignments, or TMAs, and the final examinations. For subjects without practical’s, such as the Group A subjects, TMAs account for 20% of the grade. The final exam for most subjects will be for 3 hours. However, a few subjects, such as Home Science, have an exam duration of 2.5 hours.

THE BREAKDOWN FOR GROUP A SUBJECTS WITHOUT PRACTICAL’S WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

The final exam will be 100 marks but will be scaled down to consider 80 as the maximum marks.

The TMAs will be 20 marks.

Thus, 80 (exam)+ 20 (TMAs)= 100 marks total.

FOR THE SUBJECTS WITH PRACTICAL’S, SUCH AS SOME OF THE GROUP B SUBJECTS, THE BREAKDOWN WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

The final exam will be 85 marks but will be scaled down to take 64 as the maximum marks.

The TMAs will be 20 marks but will also be scaled down to take 16 as the maximum marks.

The practical’s will be 20 marks.

Thus, 64 (exam)+ 16 (TMAs) + 20 (practical’s)= 100 marks total.

For the final exam’s students are tested in three areas: knowledge, application, and understanding. However, the weightage given to each area varies from subject to subject. Some subjects, such as science and Technology, also have an added skill component.

NIOS CLASS 10 IMPORTANT RESOURCES AND BOOKS 

The student has to choose the subjects and languages based on their interest and aptitude. Since there are no regular classroom teaching and coaching sessions, the students have to find resources and books on their own.

Once the admission is done, NIOS sends all the subject books by post. Alternatively, students can get in touch with the chosen study center to collect books on time. NIOS study material and guide books are also available online. These guides come with sample model papers and previous years’ question papers.

The exam's NIOS syllabus and sample papers are available in Hindi, English, Science, Social Science, Business Studies, Psychology, Sanskrit, Home Science, Mathematics, Indian Culture & Heritage, Economics, Painting, and Data Entry Operations.

The NIOS course material is available for download on the official NIOS website. Students can find the prescribed course material in pdf format for Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Urdu, Arabic, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Science, Economics, Business Studies, Home Science, Psychology, Indian Culture and Heritage, Accountancy, Painting, Data Entry Operations, Sindhi, Hindustani Music, Carnatic Music, and Persian. Apart from these, students can find course materials for regional languages and the above subjects in regional languages. These are also available as links on other websites that provide coaching and learning materials.