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Are you worried about the uncertainty over the Board Exams 2021?
Read further to check if your Board exams 2021 got
postponed or not.

After becoming the only country after the United States of America to cross the 200k+ mark in a day, the Indian government on 14th April took some essential steps to ensure the safety of board exams 2021 examinees.

 

Amid the rising coronavirus and demands from several state heads, like an appeal from the Chief Minister of Delhi to defer the CBSE Board Exams 2021, PM Modi chaired a meeting regarding the same.

The meeting also included health officials and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, which concluded with the postponement of CBSE 12th Board Exams 2021 and the cancellation of the 10th Boards on 14th April.

 

According to the advisory, released on 14th April, the CBSE Class 10th Board Exams 2021 that were supposed to be conducted from the first week of May till June got cancelled.

And the Class 12th Board Exams 2021, previously scheduled from May till June, got postponed because of the pandemic.

 

The Education Minister then mentioned that the class 12th CBSE exams dates would get decided after examining the COVID situation on 1st June 2021.

Also, he assured that the CBSE Class 12th would be provided with the schedule, at least 15 days before the exams, to avoid miscommunication.

In mid-April, when the 10th CBSE Board Exams 2021  got cancelled and 12h CBSE Board Exams 2021 got postponed, the graph of the second wave of COVID-19 was ascending.

The pandemic situation started to worsen from there onwards, and eventually, the new infection peak hit at 414280 on 6th May 2021.

Post which, the graph of new recorded infections in a day continues to decrease, with 194291 new cases and 3463 deaths on 24th May 2021.

With the clock nearing 1st June, the education minister held a meeting with the Group of Union Ministers, State Education Ministers and other stakeholders to discuss the conduction of CBSE Board Exams 2021.

The meeting was presided over by the Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh. Also, it included several other Union Ministers other than the Education Minister, such as Smriti Zubin Irani and Prakash Javadekar.

The modus operandi of the meeting was to discuss the conduction of CBSE Board Exams 2021 for Class 12th and two options submitted by the Exam conducting board CBSE.

Summary of the meeting

According to the reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an important meeting on 21st May. He conveyed to the respective members to broaden the consultation with the stakeholders before deciding upon the conduction of exams.

That ultimately led to the meeting on 23rd May that included a Group of Union Ministers, State Education secretaries and other stakeholders.

According to the reports available, in the meeting, the Central Board of Secondary Education representatives proposed two plans to conduct the CBSE Class 12th Board examinations.

Both the plans proposed are inclined towards conducting the CBSE 12th exams for only 19 Major subjects out of the total 115 subjects.

  • The First plan consisted of conducting major exams after one month of pre-exam arrangements and drafting an assessment scheme for marking the minor subjects.

Also, Plan A aimed to conduct the examination in the same way as it got completed in the pre-pandemic era, which is of 3-hours.

This particular option would require a window of 3 months to conduct the exams.

  • The second plan also aimed to conduct the CBSE 12th exams for 19 major subjects, but with significant changes.

The changes would enable the students to attempt their exams on an OMR sheet with MCQ-based questions instead of traversing to different examination centres.

If the second option gets opted, the duration of CBSE exams will get reduced to 90 minutes (one and a half hours) instead of 3 hours.

Furthermore, in this strategy, the Board looks at a two-phased examination, where the first phase would get conducted for the areas with comparatively fewer cases and containment zones.

On the other hand, the second phase would get conducted for the areas with several containment zones and for the students who fail to appear for the first phase because of genuine issues.

 

As per the reports, most state representatives disagreed with the first plan because of the lengthy period, leading to a delay in declaring the results.

The second option was welcomed by the States, where the exams would be conducted in a phased manner with timely results within 15 days.

Several other factors, with the health and security of students being of paramount importance, were brainstormed.

The Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, asked the representatives to submit their responses by 25th May.

After the conference, the minister, while addressing the students, conveyed that the final decision would be taken at most by 1st June.

He also included that the decision would be taken considering both, safety and future of the students.

 

As of 25th May, NO date sheets or circulars have been released by CBSE with regards to the 12th  Board Exams 2021.

 

CBSE Class 10th Marking Policy

Although the CBSE aims to conduct the class 12th Board Exams for 2021, it remains firm on its stand to cancel the high school examinations.

As per the previously released official notice on the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) website, the students of CBSE Class 10th Board Exams 2021 were to be awarded marks using an Objective criterion as the parameter.

 

On 1st May 2021, CBSE released the policy for evaluating marks using the internal assessment method because of the cancellation of the external examinations.

According to the evaluation scheme, students will Kim Jong-un bans skinny jeans total marks out of 100 only, similar to previous years.

Out of 100, students will get marked out of 80 based on their performances in the pre-board exams, mid-term examination and periodic tests.

 

The bifurcation for the same includes-

  • Periodic Tests/ Unit Tests carries a weightage of 10 marks.
  • Half-Yearly/ Mid-Term examinations with a weightage of 30 marks.
  • Pre-Board examination carries a weightage of 40 marks.

 

The remaining 20 marks are based on the internal assessments carried throughout the academic session.

 

The schools need to authenticate students’ marks through original documents and upload the marks at most by 30th June.

 

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Stand of States on CBSE & STATE BOARD EXAMS 2021

Maharashtra

Being the worst-hit state because of the second wave of coronavirus and undergoing several restrictions, State Board Exams of class 10th and 12th got postponed till May end in April.

On 12th April, after reviewing restrictions imposed in Maharashtra’s state and requests from guardians, Maharashtra’s Education Minister deferred the exams.

Following the centre’s policy of cancellation of CBSE 10th exams, SSC 10th Board exams 2021 got cancelled on 21st April.

Following CBSE, objective criteria expected to get released within the next two weeks would mark the high school students through internal assessments.

 

As far as class 12th exams of the SSC Board are concerned, the education minister Varsha Gaikwad conveyed that the decision would get taken within a week.

  Rajasthan

Owing to the high positivity rate because of the devastating surge of the coronavirus, RBSE (Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education) also postponed their Board Exams 2021 on 15/4/21.

According to the official notice posted on RBSE’s website, Class 10th and 12th Board Exams, 2021 of RBSE got postponed till further orders.

Apart from deferring the exams, RBSE also awarded general promotions to 8th, 9th, and 11th students.

 

As for now, RBSE hasn’t released any new notification for the conduction of the 10th and 12th Board examinations.

However, as per reports in the public domain, a decision on the exams is expected after 6th June.

 

Uttar Pradesh

Being hit by the ferocious second wave, the situation in Uttar Pradesh, especially Lucknow,

Prayagraj, Varanasi, and Kanpur worsened in April.

Considering the COVID-19 crisis, the Education Ministry of UP decided to postpone their Board exams 2021 till 20th May.

However, with the rapid decline in cases in Uttar Pradesh from 38000 at the peak to 3900 on 25th May, the State Education Minister, Dr Dinesh Sharma, said that the final decision on the conduction of the 10th and 12th Board exams would be taken soon.

 

Punjab

In April, Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, announced through his Twitter handle that the state board exams 2021 (PSEB) for class 10th got cancelled.

Also, the class 12th State board exams got postponed till 30th May.

Furthermore, along with class 10th board examinees, students of class 5th and 8th would also get promoted to the following standard.

According to the Punjab School Education Board chairman, the class 12th Board exams would get conducted for only three core subjects.

He also mentioned that the datasheet for the examination remains unclear because of uncertainty over the pandemic.

 

Also, the board declared the high school result of the cancelled examinations on 17th May.

 

Chhattisgarh

In early April, the Education Department of Chhattisgarh reviewed the coronavirus condition and postponed the 10th and 12th CGBSE Board exams 2021 until further orders.

Similar to the Central Government, CGBSE cancelled the 10th board exams and released their results based on internal assessment on May 19th.

For the 12th board examinations, the board devised a unique mode to commence the examinations from 1st June.

The CGBSE Board announced that the 12th class students would be allowed to answer the examinations from their home itself.

As per the procedures, the students will receive the question papers and answer sheets at their home.

After which, they will have to submit the answer sheet within a stipulated period of five days by physically going to their respective schools.

 

  Himachal Pradesh

On 14/4/21, the Himachal Pradesh Board of Secondary Education postponed the state board examinations for both class 10th and 12th till 17th May.

The examinations got postponed just one day after the commencement on 13/4/21.

After that, on 5th May, the HPBOSE also cancelled the 10th board exams and decided to award marks to the students based on their internal assessment.

 

Like the Punjab Board, the HPBOSE can conduct the 12th Board examinations in the third week of June.

According to the reports, the date sheet for the same would be released latest by 10th June.

 

  Tamil Nadu

Following the Union Government’s path, the Tamil Nadu government announced the cancellation of the class 10th Board examination in April.

Furthermore, the class 12th Board exams 2021, scheduled from 5th May, were postponed.

 

However, the Tamil Nadu education ministry can also decide within this week.

 

   Madhya Pradesh

Scheduled to begin from 30th April and the first week of May, the Madhya Pradesh State Board exams for the 10th and 12th got postponed indefinitely to June 2021.

Later owing to the pandemic, the Madhya Pradesh education ministry also cancelled the class 10th board exams.

 

Talking about the 12th state board exams, the board will conduct the examinations, and the datasheet would get released, most likely after 1st June.

 

   Jammu and Kashmir

Owing to the surge of coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir’, JKBOSE (Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education) postponed the Class 12th Board exams and cancelled the class 10th exams in April.

Following the same pattern as other states, JKBOSE can take a final decision within this week.

 

Apart from the states mentioned above, other states like Telangana and Haryana also cancelled the 10th Board exams and postponed the 12th exams.

Furthermore, the Odisha government also postponed both class 10th and 12th Board exams 2021 because of the ongoing pandemic.

According to the reports, Karnataka Education Ministry also aims to conduct the SSLC & Pre-University exams in the upcoming months.

 

All the state boards would finalize their decision on the conduction of Board Exams 2021 by 1st June.

 

ISC & ICSE BOARD

 

After reconsidering its decision to conduct examinations in May, the COUNCIL FOR THE INDIAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS(CISCE) also postponed the Class 12th Board Exams 2021 in April.

According to the official notice released on 19th April, CISCE stated that the class 10th ICSE Exams got cancelled.

The circular also mentioned that results for the class 10th students would get evaluated using an unbiased objective criterion.

 

CISCE has not released any confirmation on the class 12th Board exams and will most likely follow the footsteps of CBSE.

 

Although the final decision is expected by 1st June, the inclination of the State Boards and CBSE for the conduction of Board Exams 2021 has received heavy criticism.

The majority of students and guardians expressed their displeasure over the thought of conducting exams amid a pandemic.

On the other hand, some students and parents also expressed satisfaction over the clearance of uncertainty in the upcoming week.

 

We at Robust Story convey the best wishes to our young readers for their upcoming exams and suggest any student reading this to maintain their calm, irrespective of the adverse situations.

 

 

 

 

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