CBSE Class 12 Psychology Paper Analysis & Review 2020 – Times of India

Kusum Tewari

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday, February 22, conducted the examinations for Class 12 Psychology paper across the country and at some centres outside India. The CBSE 2020 Board exams commenced from February 15, however, the examinations for main subjects started today.

Psychology (subject code no. 037) is an elective subject for class 12 students. It specializes in the study of experiences, behaviors and mental processes of human beings within a socio-cultural historical context. The teaching of Psychology is generally based on the use of case studies, narratives, experiential exercises, analysis of common everyday experiences, etc.

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The main topics included in Class 12 Psychology subject includes

  • Variations in Psychological Attributes – 9 marks
  • Self and Personality – 10 marks
  • Meeting Life Challenges – 7 marks
  • Psychological Disorders – 10 marks
  • Therapeutic Approaches – 7 marks
  • Attitude and Social Cognition – 8 marks
  • Social Influence and Group Processes – 7 marks
  • Psychology and Life – 6 marks
  • Developing Psychological Skills – 6 marks

Class 12 Psychology Question Paper Pattern

The CBSE Class 12 Psychology theory examination paper was of 70 marks and the duration of the examination was three hours. There are mainly 5 types of questions asked in the exam:

1) REMEMBERING: Exhibit memory of previously learned material by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts, and answers.

2) UNDERSTANDING: Demonstrate understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating main ideas.

3) APPLYING: Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.

4) ANALYSING AND EVALUATING: Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations. Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set of criteria.

5) CREATING: Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.

Class 12 Psychology Question wise break up

Type of Question Marks/Qs Total No. of Qs Total Marks
Objective Type 1 17 17
Very Short Answer 2 4 8
Short Answer-I 3 3 9
Short Answer-II 4 6 24
Long Answer 6 2 12
Total 32 70

Class 12 Psychology Question Paper Analysis: Feedback from students

The examination for the Class 12 Psychology paper concluded at 1.30 PM on February 22. Some of the students who appeared for the Psychology paper today said that most of the questions asked in the paper were from the NCERT syllabus. The difficult level of the question paper was tough to moderate. Some of the students said they expect good marks for this paper.

  • “The examination was better than expected as we prepared for the worst. There were quite a lot of direct questions. Although I prepared a lot and it paid off, I do feel like I could have done better. If anyone has done thorough preparation, it must’ve been a very easy paper for them.” says Jessica Mariam Aby, Bright Riders School, Abu Dhabi.
  • Hind Mohammed, student of BRC school said “The 1 markers were a little confusing, no MCQs were given which was pretty disappointing otherwise the paper was not bad, it went well”.
  • “Today’s exam was fine. I thought the exam would be lengthy but it wasn’t. Some of my friends felt that the exam was hard. I felt objective questions were much more tricky than the subjective questions.” opined Likitha Prasanna of the same school.

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