Blueprint and Format of Business Studies Paper 2020

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced two main changes in the examination pattern for class 12 examination to be held in Feb./March2020.

  1. More Number of Objective Type questions

There will be 25% objective type/multiple choice questions (MCQs) in both the subjects, Accountancy and Business Studies for board exam 2020. Thus, out of 80, only 60 marks will be given to the descriptive subjective type questions.

  1. Increased Number of Internal Choices in Different Questions

C.B.S.E. board has definitely increased the number of internal choice questions in all subjects.

Suggested Question Paper Design,

12th Business Studies, for Feb./March 2020 Exam.


Sr. No.  Typology of Questions Objective Type/MCQ

1 Mark

Short Answer I

3 Marks

Short Answer II

4 Marks

Long Answer I

5 Marks

Long Answer II

6 Marks

1 Remembering 5 1 1 1 1 23
2 Understanding: 5 2 1 1 21
3 Applying: 5 1 1 1 19
4 Analysing and Evaluating


5 1 1 1 17


20×1=20 5×3=15 3×4=12 3×5=15 3×6=18 80 Marks

34 Qs.


There will be Internal Choice in questions of 3 marks (1 choice), 4 marks (1 choice), 5 marks (2 choices) and 6 marks (2 choices). In all, total 6 internal choices.

So, precisely students will have to attempt:

20 Questions of 1 Mark each.

5 Questions of 3 Marks each.

3 Questions of 4 Marks each.

3 Questions of 5 Marks each.

3 Questions of 6 Marks each.

Total 34 Questions for 80 Marks Theory paper with internal choice in questions of 3 marks, 4 marks, 5 marks and 6 marks.

It is mostly understood by the students that 20 marks paper is of MCQs which are easy as choices of answers are given and hints are there in those choices. But, it is a misconception.

It is not necessary that all the 1 mark questions are MCQs. There can be following types of 1 mark objective type questions besides MCQs:

  • True/false type.
  • Fill in the blanks without options.
  • Fill in the blanks with options.
  • Complete the sentence.
  • Correct the sentence.
  • Identification of a concept/term/process etc.
  • Correct the sequence of steps in a process.
  • Match the columns etc.

Board expects students to study in detail. So, all NCERT books of the concerned subject must be read carefully, rather churned  by them to attempt these 1 markers . In such questions, choices given can be too close and confusing.

To prepare well, a student must check the sample paper issued by the board.

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