CBSE is planning to introduce Open Book system for the board students from next year. This will help the education system moving away from 'memory based' learning to 'analytical thinking' based. From what is called as Pre Announced Test (PAT), the students would know the passages from where the questions may be asked. Unlike the current system, students will not get a direct question - answer match from the books.
Its a welcome move and this is how students can assess their analytical skills. It will be a good idea if this can be introduced even from junior classes partially.
When I was a student, I broke the chapter passages into very basic questions and tried answering them. This helped me master some touch concepts even during my academic projects.
May be much more innovation is needed to take the academic load off the students and kindle the students' creativity and potential to the best.