The year 2020 was full of challenges. We all faced difficulties in various situations. But we have overcome them with our positive approach and determination. Amid the tedious pandemic, many activities came to an abrupt halt. The education sector also got impacted in a way which forced people to look out for different ways to receive education. Academic calendar got disturbed due to the shutdown of schools. Students were concerned about their exams. Finally, in the December last year, CBSE declared the board examination dates. Since then, students were eager to know the subject wise exam dates. Now, CBSE has announced the complete date sheet for classes 10th and 12th board exams of 2021. It is expected that CBSE will declare results of the secondary and higher secondary exams somewhere around 15th July.
Delay in CBSE Exams in 2021
Events got delayed in education institutions for the session 2020-21 session due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Students and teachers were forced to opt for e-learning as schools were closed by the government as a preventive measure. However, when schools and educational institutions started online classes, many people did not welcome it wholeheartedly. This is because many students and teachers thought that it would be over soon and they would return back to their daily routine. But, with time as the difficulty increases, people started panicking and students were tensed about their classes and exams. In view of this unexpected situation, CBSE announced that exams will be based on the reduced curriculum for this year as they curtailed the syllabus by one-third. The board also decided to delay the exams by about three months to give students more time for preparation of the exams as studies got affected heavily.
When will CBSE Exams Start This Year?
The CBSE board will conduct classes 10th and class 12th board examinations starting from 4th May 2021. Due to the pandemic, the syllabus for both the classes 10thand 12thhas been reduced by CBSE by 30 per cent. There will also be 33 per cent internal choices given in the exam. The board exams of 2021 will be based on the latest guidelines of the revised syllabus issued by the board.
CBSE is going to conduct the board exams in 2021 in offline mode. While the theory papers of both classes 10th and Class 12th board exams would continue till 11th June, the practical exams would commence from 1st March. Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, released the datasheet through a video message with best wishes for the exams.
Important Points to Remember Regarding CBSE Exams for 10th and 12th Classes:
- The central board of secondary education has released the complete date sheets three months prior to the exams so that students can thoroughly prepare themselves for the upcoming exams. This gives them ample time for preparation against the issues they faced in education during the pandemic.
- The experts of the CBSE prepared the schedule in such a way that students will get sufficient time for preparation between exams of two main subjects.
- To reduce the number of days of the conduct of examination, the board has scheduled the examination of class 12th in two shifts.
- In the second shift, the board has scheduled the examination for 4 days and during these days, class 10th examination of main subjects will be conducted in the morning shift. For this, maximum examination centers have been facilitated.
- Education board has assigned the duties of the staff for only one shift so that they do not feel burdened.
- This year, the board has taken 6 days less to conduct the examinations from last year. In 2020, the exam schedule was of 45 days. However, in 2021, the exam schedule is of 39 days.
- In class 10th, examinations of 75 subjects and in class 12th, exams of 111 subjects will be conducted. The CBSE said that they prepared the datesheet in a manner that on any day, the total number of students in an exam center would not be more. This will help the exam centers to strictly follow the COVID safety norms.
- The exams will be held following the COVID-19 pandemic protocols—wearing of face mask, carrying hand sanitizers and social distancing will be maintained.
- CBSE in its notification has made it clear that schools will be allowed to conduct practical/internal assessment/project for classes 10th and 12th from 1st March.
Complete Date Sheet for Class X CBSE Exams
The board examination of class 10th will commence from the first week of May. CBSE will conclude exams of class Xboard on 7th June .On the first day of the exam i.e. 4th May, CBSE has scheduled three papers based on languages that include Odia, Kannada and Lepcha. Then on the 6th, 10th, 15th, 21st and 27th, papers of English, Hindi, Science, Maths and Social Science are scheduled respectively. To know about the schedule of other exams, let’s have a look at the complete date sheet given below.
Complete Date Sheet for Class XII CBSE Exams
The board examination of class 12th will extend from the first week of May till the 10th of June. There will be two shifts in which the exams will be conducted. On the first day of the exam i.e. 4th of May, CBSE will conduct the exam of English Elective and English Core. Papers of Hindi and Maths are scheduled on 31st May and 1st June respectively. To know about the complete schedule of CBSE exams for class 12, let’s have a look at the date sheet given below.
How to Check the Date Sheet of Board Exams on the Official Site?
To download the complete schedule of classes 10th and 12th CBSE board exams, candidates can visit the official website of CBSE. The board has changed its website from cbse.nic.in to cbse.gov.in. Candidates can easily check any information related to the board exams from this official site.
Follow these steps to check the CBSE Board Exams 2021 Schedule for Classes 10th and 12th:
Step 1: Visit the official site of CBSE at cbse.gov.in
Step 2: After the site opens, you will find two options- ‘new website’ and ‘old website’. Click on the ‘new website’ icon on the homepage.
Step 3: Then a new page will appear. Click on the ‘datesheet for Board Examination 2021’ link under the ‘latest updates’ section.
Step 4: After clicking on the link you will be redirected to another page. That page is the ‘PRESS RELEASE’ instruction page. Read all the instructions carefully.
Step 5: Come back to the previous page and select class X or XII. The PDF file of the datesheet for the CBSE 2021 board exams will get downloaded.
Step 6: Go through the datesheet and carefully check the date of your exams.
Step 7: You can also take a print out of the document for future references.
The Centre Board of Secondary Education:
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a board of education at the national level in India for public and private schools. Union Government of India controls and manages the CBSE. All the schools affiliated with CBSE follow the NCERT curriculum. There are approximately 21,271 schools in India and 220 schools in 28 foreign countries affiliated with the CBSE.
History of CBSE in Education:
In 1929, the Government of India set up a joint board named “Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Rajputana”. Later, the government changed the name of this board and formed the Central Board of Secondary Education in 1952. The prime focus of this board is to make a common standard and platform for every student in the country.
Role of CBSE in Indian Education:
CBSE is the central body for school education in the country and a large number of students are registered with it among all the educational boards in India. It regulates and maintains the uniformity in education among all the schools across India. Its effectiveness is reflected in the number of schools affiliating with it every year. It conducts the exams mainly of classes 10th and 12th and also declares the results of the same. It decides the curriculum and covers basic general knowledge required for a child in terms of education. CBSE also grants qualifying certificates to the successful candidates of the affiliated schools. It fulfills the educational requirements related to transfers of the students.
Moreover, the board prescribes and updates the course of instructions for examinations. Board’s prime focus is to bring innovations in teaching and learning methodologies by introducing student-friendly paradigms. It also focuses on skills enhancement of students by adding job-oriented and job linked inputs. Affiliated schools follow updated pedagogical methods issued by the CBSE.
Clash of JEE Mains and CBSE Board Exams:
While releasing the date sheets, Union Education Minister assured the students that CBSE has scheduled the exams in such a way that it does not affect the dates of other exams. But, this did not happen in the released schedule as the dates of the fourth phase of JEE Mains 2021 examinations are clashing with the board exams. In December 2020, the education minister had released the dates of NTA JEE Mains 2021. The JEE Mains 2021 exam is going to be conducted 4 times this year.
The fourth session will be conducted from May 24th to May 28th. However, according to the released CBSE Board 2021 datesheet, the papers of biology and economics of class 12th are also to be held on the same dates. Even on 24th May, the Karnataka board has also scheduled the paper of physics for class 12th. Now, in a situation like this, students are worried that how will they be able to appear together for both exams.
The announcement of date sheets for both the classes made by CBSE has brought some relief to the students. The issued date sheet is fully prepared by the experts after analyzing the pros and cons of every possible situation. Students can prepare for exams with the help of solved sample papers and exam guides available in the market, apart from the reference books and NCERT textbooks. They can also avail online test series to enhance their preparation.
The CBSE also gives sufficient time to students to conquer their fears and stress, and to prepare themselves for their exams. But this overlapping of dates of JEE Mains and CBSE Board exams have created a new problem. Students are requesting to the education minister through Twitter to pay attention to the clash of dates. They all are appealing to conduct the fourth phase of JEE Mains 2021 after the board exam. So, it might be possible that the examination dates of the fourth phase of JEE Main 2021 may get changed. However, no such announcement has been made by the officials.