Uttar Pradesh Board Introduces ‘Rationalized’ Syllabus in Line with NCERT


The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (UP board) has issued a “rationalised” syllabus for school students from classes 10 to 12 in line with the NCERT book curriculum. This syllabus will be applicable from the upcoming 2023-24 academic session. The decision was made in response to the National Education Policy (NEP) that was released by NCERT, which emphasizes on reducing the content load and providing opportunities for experiential learning.

The alteration in textbook topics has raised worries with several UP teachers who claim that removing certain science topics might prove disadvantageous for students preparing for NEET. The NCERT syllabus has eliminated topics such as “Kings and Chronicles; the Mughal Courts (C16th and 17th centuries)” and the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries from the Class 12 history section.

Furthermore, topics such as central Islamic lands, confrontation of cultures and the Cold War era have been replaced from the Class 11 syllabus of “Themes in World History”. Also from the Class 10 syllabus, topics like “Politics in India since Independence, Rise of Popular Movements, Era of One Party Dominance, Democracy and Diversity, Popular Struggles and Movements, and Challenges to Democracy” have been removed from the “Democratic Politics-II” textbook.

On the scientific front, the syllabus has done away with chapters such as solid state, surface chemistry, principles of extraction of elements, p-block elements, polymers and chemistry in daily life from the Class 12 chemistry textbook. In Physics, topics like electric charges and fields, electrostatic potential and capacitance and Moving charges and magnetism have been removed as well. As for reproduction of organisms, evaluations on strategies of growth in food and environment have also been brushed away.

Students can find the updated syllabus and its corresponding links on the website https://www.upmsp.edu.in.

The UP Board is an autonomous body formed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, aiming to provide the education essential to generate pathways for the holistic development of an individual. It caters to almost 35 million students and aims to mould them into knowledgeable individuals in different domains.

Dibyakant Shukla, UP Board Secretary, is a key figure in the field of education in the state and has headed several education reforms in the state. He has been influential in uplifting the standards of education in the state. He has been hosting the annual Uttar Pradesh Inter-Schools Competition, since the past three years, to foster the creativity and talent of students from the state.