Change in the Question paper Design in History, Class XII effective for the Board Examination, 2012

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The following changes have been made in the design of the Question Paper in History for Class XII:

  1. Marks for each question in the long answer section have been increased from 8 to 10 marks. The suggested word limit of answer to each long answer question has been enhanced to 500 words (earlier word limit 250 words)
  2. The number of very short answer questions of 2 marks has been reduced from 5 to 3 questions. The following is the updated weightage of marks to form of questions:

Weightage to form of questions :

Form of questionNo. of questionsMarks for each questionTotal Marks
Long answer (LA)21020
Short answer (SA)8540
Very short answers3206
Passage based questions*3824
Skill (Map work)2510


Note : Each Passage based question will have 3-4 questions with marks ranging from 1 to 4.

The Sample Question Paper in History for Class XII based on the changed design has been given as annexure. This may kindly be brought to the notice of concerned teachers and students.


Download the revised History Sample Paper


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