CBSE Board Exams

CBSE Board Exams: PIL to Influence Decision

CBSE Board Exams still await decision on practical exams

CBSE board Exams for classes 10th and 12th will most probably take place offline this year. The prospect of an online board exam just two years ago would sound bizarre, however due to the widespread effect of the pandemic, online exams was the only source of evaluation. 2020 has witnessed the rise in online exams however educators and teachers alike are not happy with this. Unsupervised and without a proctor, students are free to engage in malpractice and online exams fail to be fair and just to those kids who work hard and prepare.

On Tuesday, the Centre and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) ordered the Delhi High Court to consider a PIL seeking to dispense with physical exams for class 10 and 12 board examinations in view of the COVID-19 pandemic as a representation. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said it was not going to entertain the petition, moved a petition on behalf of the parents association. The court then ordered the Centre to consider the PIL as a representation and to take a decision in accordance with the statute, laws, regulations and government policy relevant to the facts of the case, represented by the central government’s standing counsel, Ajay Digpaul, and lawyer, Kamal Digpaul, and CBSE.

The bench claimed that a practical decision should be made as expeditiously as possible and the plea, which had also sought to be conducted online or by open book process for class 12 board exams, should be disposed of.

Exams in 2021

CBSE board exams along with the final exams of other educational boards aim to conduct their proceedings in a classroom.Many students have expressed their doubts about the conduct of the 2021 CBSE board examinations, which, considering the Covid-19 pandemic, will be carried out in offline mode. A community of students has also begun a petition to postpone this academic year’s exams.

Students have come together and launched a petition on to postpone the 2021 board exams that the Central Board of Secondary Education is conducting. The CBSE Board of Directors examinations are scheduled for May 4 of this year.

Several improvements to the pattern and syllabus of the upcoming board examinations have been suggested by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to help students cope with the disruptions caused by the education system during the pandemic. As many students and teachers came forward claiming that the syllabus can not be completed with online classes, CBSE has decreased the syllabus of the upcoming board examinations by 30 percent. The marking method and test pattern have also changed. CBSE is all set to administer the 2021 board examinations for students of classes 10 and 12 from May 4. On March 1, the practical examinations will be administered. The detailed date sheet for the exams will soon be published by CBSE.

Since Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal has said that CBSE 2021 examinations will take place between May 4 and June 10, CBSE Class 10 and 12 students have been waiting for their subject-matter date sheets to be revealed. He also said during his last announcement that the examination schedule will proceed in the days to come, but there is no official confirmation of that.The official notice on the CBSE website, without verifying the date, stated that the date sheet for Classes 10th and 12th will be published soon. Students should keep an eye on the official CBSE website, i.e.,, and Pokhriyal’s official social media deals.

The CBSE had reduced the syallabus for Class 10, 12 Board exams by 30 percent a few weeks earlier, but on December 31, the Minister of Education made it clear that the additional syllabus deduction for the upcoming board exams would be tough and he had suggested that the students begin preparing for the exams.

It has also been made clear by the CBSE that CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 will be conducted in writing rather than online. Pokhriyal also declared that practical examinations would be conducted on school premises from March 1.

Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank ‘and Dr Sanyam Bharadwaj (Controller of Exams, CBSE) reported that the CBSE Class 10th and 12th board exams 2021 will not be cancelled in the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding CBSE board exams 2021 and’ false ‘information circulated around the examination date sheet on social media. ‘Nishank’ has made it clear that there would also be competitive tests, including JEE and NEET 2021.
Meanwhile, a notification was released by the Central Board of Secndary Education (CBSE) stating that it is clear that any decision on the dates of the CBSE Class 10th and Class 12th exams will be communicated via the official website at the appropriate time.

The practical exams are typically performed in January and theory exams begin in February and end in March every year. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in the region, Pokhriyal had earlier ruled out conducting board examinations for classes 10 and 12 until February next year. “Keeping the current situation in mind, it has been decided that the board exams for classes 10 and 12 will not be conducted till February next year. CBSE is making necessary preparations for conducting the 2021 examinations. A decision on the exam schedule will be taken later after assessment of situation and more consultations with stakeholders,” Nishank said earlier.

CBSE class 10 and 12 board reviews will be performed offline as ‘for each student we need a laptop and a secure internet and electricity, which is a challenge,’ the education minister said earlier. On a reduced syllabus, the board exams will be administered. In the test, there will also be 33% internal choices, said Pokhiryal.

“As per the latest information from the board, the examination dates will be announced soon, and students’ own schools will not be their examination centres,” Alka Kapur, Principal, Modern School, Shalimar Bagh told PTI. “Also, the examinations will be conducted in the same manner as they always have been without any further reduction in syllabus,” Kapur added.

Over 1.2 million students appeared for class 12 boards while over 1.8 million appeared for class 10 board exams conducted by the CBSE in 2020.


About Pranav Nambiar

Pranav Nambiar,a BA Literature graduate has worked as a school and college level sports journalist and commentator for tournaments such as the Reliance youth foundation and Next Generation Cup hosted by the English Premiere league. Nambiar has also written and acted in several theatrical productions and has hosted countless college and corporate events across India with companies like HBO and Star Movies.

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