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CBSE revises Maths syllabus, introduces 'Applied Mathematics' as elective

PUBLISH DATE 2nd April 2020

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday released announced introduction of ‘Applied Mathematics (241)’ as an academic elective subject at senior secondary level.

The course can be opted for the class XI students from this Academic year (2020-21) as an Academic elective.

The CBSE notification states, "Mathematics is widely used in higher studies in the field of Economics, Commerce, Social Sciences and many others. It has been observed that the existing syllabus of Mathematics aligns well with Science subjects, but does not align well with Commerce or Social Science-based subjects in university education. By keeping this in mind, one more elective course in Mathematics syllabus will be offered for Sr. Secondary classes with an aim to provide students relevant experience in Mathematics which can be used in the fields other than Physical Sciences."

Students who want to opt for higher studies in Mathematics at the University level as an Elective or want to take admission in Mathematics Honours course or Engineering course may take Mathematics (041). The Applied Mathematics (241) course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of Mathematics that are required to be successful in different fields of their future career. Therefore this course may be selected by students keeping this aspect in mind.

The students who have passed Basic Mathematics (241) in class X are now allowed to offer the new academic elective Applied Mathematics (241) at Senior Secondary Level.

Accordingly, the students who have passed Basic Mathematics (241) as well as Standard Mathematics (041) in Class X of CBSE exam are eligible for this course. However, it is once again clarified that students who have passed Mathematics-Basic (241) at Secondary level are not eligible to opt for Mathematics (041) at Sr. Secondary Level.

The detailed modalities for opting this subject shall be made available at the time of registration for this course at class XI.

It may be noted that those students who have earlier offered Applied Mathematics as a Skill Elective will offer Applied Mathematics as an Academic Elective in the current year 2020-21 for class XII. They have to follow the syllabus of Applied Mathematics offered as an Academic subject. Applied Mathematics Course will not be available from the current Academic Session 2020-21 as Skill subject.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about CBSE Applied Mathematics (241) subject:
 

  1. What is the difference between 'Mathematics’ and ‘Applied Mathematics'?
    The existing Mathematics (041) for Senior Secondary is a course meant for students to pursue pure Mathematics/Physical Sciences/Engineering at University Level. Whereas, ‘Applied Mathematics’ is meant for those students who want to learn Mathematics which is useful for better performance in their selected subjects.
  2. Can a student opt for both ‘Mathematics’ and ‘Applied Mathematics’?
    No. There is only one option, either Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
  3. Can I apply for Applied Mathematics as a skill subject in class 11 in the 2020-21 academic session?
    No one will be able to offer Applied Mathematics as skill subject in class XI from the academic session 2020-21.
  4. What is the difference between earlier Applied Mathematics(840) as skill subject and this newly introduced Applied mathematics(241) as an Academic Elective?
    The focus of any skill subject is on a particular job role. However Applied Mathematics as an elective focus on Mathematics as a discipline with special emphasis on its applications.

The students are advised to visit the official website of the CBSE Board to get more details about Applied mathematics(241) subject.

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