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CBSE Class X, XII exams from May 4-June 10

The Centre on Thursday announced the dates for CBSE Class X and Class XII board examinations, which will be held in May-June 2021 against the normal schedule for March every year.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” said the CBSE board exams for Class X and Class XII will be held between May 4 and June 10, and the results will be announced around July 15.

“CBSE will conduct Classes X, XII board exams from May 4 to June 10. The Board will announce the results of Classes X, XII board exams by July 15,’’ Pokhriyal said during his scheduled live session with the students.

The Minister said that the CBSE Board will release the date sheets online at the board’s official website soon.

“Students should also check the official CBSE website cbse.nic.in for final 2021 datesheets for both theoretical and practical board examinations,” he said.

With the CBSE board exams announcement, other boards like States and ICSE will now also schedule their examinations accordingly to put in line the next admission process. Sources in ICSE said that it will also announce the schedule of Class XII and X examinations next week for greater convenience of students and other stakeholders to plan the session and the offline mode of examinations accordingly.

The Minister told the students that the Board has reduced the curriculum for Class X and XII by 30 per cent. He also wished the students good luck for the upcoming exams as he concluded the live session.

The announcement of dates by the Union Education Minister was streamed live on his official Twitter handle and Facebook page.

The CBSE 2021 board exam date sheets will be available for Class X and Class XII exams separately, containing date and time of examination along with other important instructions at the official website of CBSE.

The secondary education board releases the CBSE date sheets in November and holds the CBSE Class 10 and CBSE Class 12 board examinations in February and March every year. This year, however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the release of CBSE Board exam time table has been delayed.

Pokhriyal reiterated that the CBSE Board examinations 2021 will not be conducted online and will be held as before which means under physical supervision at examination halls.

“Exams will be held as before. Students’ physical presence will be needed during board exams,” Pokhriyal said.

Pokhriyal also rejected suggestions about cancellation of board examinations and said that cancelling the exams and promoting students will result in “putting a stamp on these students” and these students might face trouble in getting jobs and admissions at higher education level in future.

Pokhriyal said that the Education Ministry reached out to 33 crore students online and also conducted NEET exams amid COVID-19. The government has already announced the schedule of NEET and JEE for year 2021 which is to be held four times between February and April.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) released new rules for JEE Main 2021 exams. According to the new rules, candidates who appeared for JEE Main 2019 or JEE Main Advanced 2019 will not be allowed to appear for JEE exams 2021. The NTA had said that a candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years whether or not he/she has passed the qualifying examination (JEE Main).

From the commencing academic year, candidates will have an opportunity to take the exam four times a year, i.e., in February, March, April, and May. Applicants would be allowed to appear in all four attempts and the best of two attempts will be considered for the final merit list.

Friday, 01 January 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

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