The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board examinations will be conducted for classes 10 and 12 from May 4 to June 10, 2021. The practical exams will be held by May 1, 2021, as announced by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. The CBSE results are expected to release by July 15, 2021.
30 percent of the syllabus has been reduced and the exams will be held offline, that is, in written mode.
Minister of Education, Government of India Shri @DrRPNishank announced the date of commencement for @cbseindia29 board #exams 2021 today. The exams will commence from May 4 and end before June 10. pic.twitter.com/gXY1IUyqFJ
— Ministry of Education (@EduMinOfIndia) December 31, 2020
“As the situation due to COVID-19 pandemic being faced by the students/teachers and schools is unprecendented, CBSE in order to ensure a conducive environment to the students for the exams and based on the feedback and consultations with diverse stakeholders has decided the following,” the official statement read.
The guidelines read, “The schools will be allowed to conduct the practical/project/internal assessment of class X and class XII from 1 March, 2021 to the last date of conduct of theory examination of the same class.”
Earlier, during a live webinar conducted on December 22, Pokhriyal said that the board exams would be held post-February 2021 in an offline mode.
He had tweeted, “I received a lot of requests from various #students & #teachers to postpone @cbseindia29 board #exams for Class 10 & 12. Keeping the #COVID19 pandemic in mind & after various consultations, we have decided that #board exams will not be held in February.”
He added that many schools are in rural areas, board exams would be held offline.
Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat, Principal, The Scindia School says that the announcement regarding the board exams “will certainly put an end to the anxiety of the students preparing for the 10th and 12th CBSE board exams. The dates of exams beginning from May 4 will give the students adequate time to prepare for the exams. With the overall Covid cases in the country coming down and the vaccine on the near horizon, the four months that we have before the exam begin will make it safer for students and teachers to participate in the examination process.”
During a live webinar with students on December 10, 2020, he said that CBSE practical exam will be held at the school level. In case, schools are not able to conduct practicals due to the pandemic, alternative solutions will be made. If similar conditions continue, an extension of board exam dates will be considered.
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