The outbreak of the Coronavirus has slowed down activities in various sectors especially education. In India, the new session of CBSE affiliated schools usually starts in April. But this time we are going to see alteration in this yearly schedule. The pandemic has greatly disturbed the well-structured schedule of the education system. Due to the pandemic and resulting lockdowns, the academic session 2020-21 started late and being conducted online. As exams were being conducted during the months of February to March for the past few years. Students were getting curious day by day about when CBSE will conduct the board exams in 2021.
The Education Ministry announced the time table of CBSE board exams for session 2020-2021 for the secondary and higher secondary classes. CBSE has declared that it will conduct exams of class 10th and 12th in the month of May and June. But the discovery of new strains of Coronavirus is breeding apprehension among the people. Now, we have to see that will this planning by the Education Ministry might be successful or not.
What are the dates of CBSE exams in 2021?
CBSE will conduct board examinations for classes X and XII between May 4 and June 10 in the year 2021. In an issued notification, CBSE mentioned that students and teachers faced an extremely difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, CBSE plans to ensure a conducive environment for the students to write their exams. The board will announced complete date sheet of the examination on CBSE website in few days.
What are the dates of practical for CBSE exams?
According to CBSE, schools can conduct practical/internal assessment/project of class 12th. The board will conduct the exam from March 1, 2021 till the last date of theory exam of class 12. Similarly, schools can also conduct practical/internal assessment/project for class 10 from 1st March to the last date of written exam of class 10.
Why there is delay in CBSE exams?
In middle of December 2020, the Ministry had requested CBSE to announce the new plan for the exams keeping in mind the critical situation. Later, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced the exam dates of the classes 10th and 12th of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This year CBSE board has delayed the exams by about three months. The root cause of this delay is the Covid-19 pandemic which forced the shutdown of schools for months eventually disturbing the entire academic session.
Based on the feedback and consultations with diverse stakeholders, the board has decided the commencement of exams for 10th and 12th classes. CBSE has opted offline mode of conducting the exams whereas, schools might organize online pre-boards as per the request by parents. The CBSE will released the date sheet for the theoretical exams in January 2021 and students can avail the admit cards 10-15 days before the examinations.
When will CBSE announce the result of board exams?
The most-awaited moment after the commencement of exams is the declaration of the results that portray the final performance of the student judged by experts along with their feedback. CBSE will declare the board exam results for class X and XII by July 15, 2021.
CBSE reduced syllabus for Board Exams
Last year in July, CBSE had issued a notification that discussed the changes made in the syllabus in more detail. The notice publicized the board’s decision to reduce and revise the syllabus because of the loss of classroom teaching time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In view of this, the board had decided to reduce the CBSE syllabus 2020-2021 for classes 10th and 12th by 30 per cent. There will also be 33 per cent internal choices in the exam. The exams in the 2021 will have to follow the latest guidelines of the revised syllabus issued by the board.
What is the Central Board of Secondary Education?
The Central Board of Secondary Education is a regulatory body under Union Government that regulates all the academics activities in India. It also conducts the CBSE 10th, 12th examinations every year. It prescribes the syllabus, textbooks, sample papers, mark sheets, and many other guidelines to the schools. CBSE is the national education board of India for public and private schools. The educational institutions affiliated to CBSE follow the educational guidelines of the board.
CBSE is an autonomous body that works under the supervision of the Ministry of Education previously known as Human Resource Development. Last year, CBSE had conducted class 10th exams in February while it conducted class 12th exams 2020 between February 15 and March 30. CBSE board canceled those exams that got postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. So, this year CBSE has planned many educational activities along with slashing the syllabus.
Re-opening of schools
Amid the new variants of the pandemic, we required a proper framework of planning especially in the education sector. Following the announcement made by CBSE, other state boards are also expected to release schedules for their examinations. To facilitate proper learning so that students can prepare themselves for exams, many states have reopened their schools for classes 10th and 12th. Although, attendance of every student is not mandatory and a child can go to school after the written consent of parents. Other states further might open the schools to give students’ preparation a final touch.
This announcement made by CBSE is a positive step towards year 2021 where the deadly virus has begun mutating. Though things will be delayed this year, but it will also provide students sufficient time for preparation when there was a huge loss of classroom teaching. Students can prepare with online test series or e-learning platforms for their exams. CBSE sample papers are also a good alternative for exam preparation. Like last year, this year might also face several changes in the education sector. As the pandemic is not ended yet, we have to stay hopeful and get updated from time to time about the changes taking place in the education system.