The Class 10 and 12 board exams will begin from March 9, a day after the last phase of polling in the upcoming assembly elections in five states, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Monday.
More students have opted for Class 10 board examinations to be conducted by the CBSE over school-based examinations. There is an increase of over a lakh in the number of students compared to last year when the difference between school and board exams was over 24,000 though more students had opted for board even then.
Around 16.67 lakh students will appear for board exams which would end on April 10 and April 29 for Class 10 and Class 12, respectively.
Despite the postponement of the exams, CBSE chairman RK Chaturvedi said they are confident of releasing the results on time. The exams usually begin on March 1, and results are declared in the third week of May.
“The board exams of Class 10 and 12 will start from March 9 in view of the state assembly elections in Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Voting is scheduled in some constituencies of Uttar Pradesh and Manipur on March 8,” said a CBSE spokesperson.
“We have made all possible efforts to maintain reasonable time gap between the major papers and ensure that the students appearing for Joint Engineering Exam and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test are done with the CBSE examinations before these entrance exams,” added the spokesperson.