CBSE Class 10, 12 Exams From May 4th: No Online Mode, Only Offline-Written Mode Allowed

On Tuesday, The Education Ministry while releasing a date-sheet, said that on May 4, CBSE board exam for Class X and XII will begin and will finish on June 7 for Class X whereas on June 11 for Class XII. From March 1, practical exams will begin.

The Class XII exams on four days, will be held in two shifts – first being from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm, second being from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm, whereas the exams for Class X will be held from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

All Protocols To Be Followed:-

With COVID-19 safety protocols in place, all the exams will be conducted in the offline-written mode. The protocols will include use of hand sanitizers, wearing masks all the time and maintaining social distance.

The CBSE also said that since the exams for Class XII will be held in two shifts, staff who were in the morning shift will not be given duty in the afternoon.

Results of the board examinations will be announced by July 15.

Languages will be the first exam for Class X students, such as Kannada, Odia and Lepcha. English (both Elective and Core) will be the first exam at 10.30 am for Class XII.

Pandemic has not only played havoc with the economy, but also with education of students. Due to pandemic, the classroom time was significantly reduced and hence in order to ease the burden on lakhs of students across the country, syllabus of each subject has been reduced by 30 per cent.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, while wishing good luck to everyone, said everything has been done to the best of abilities to ensure that exams go smoothly.

The exams, Mr Pokhriyal said, as far as schedule is concerned they will be held as they have been conducted for years, i.e. in the month of March & April, but the syllabus this time would be reduced.

Reduced Syllabus & Internal Choice In Exam:-

Mr Pokhriyal tweeted that along with 30 percent reduced syllabus, there will also be a 33 per cent internal choice in the board exam.

While responding to many requests by parents to keep the exams online, Mr Pokhriyal said that keeping the exams in online mode will not be fair for the students who come from rural and remote areas as there will be no reliable access to the internet.

In order curtail the spread of the virus, schools across India were shut from March last year. Most of these schools shifted to online mode. Since October, many states have begun re-opening schools.

Last year, the board exams were postponed after the lockdown and later cancelled altogether. The results then were declared on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.

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