The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has offered some relief to anxious students by releasing the date-sheets of class X and XII examinations on Tuesday. The exams are scheduled to take place between May 4 and June 10. Since the examinations are going to be held under the shadow of Covid-19, afternoon shift examinations have been introduced for class XII students. Also Read | CBSE Board 2021 Class 12 Time Table: Date Sheet Out! Here’s All You Need To Know
The exams will be conducted offline because several students may be at a disadvantage otherwise due to lack of required set up for sitting in the online exam.
How long the CBSE examinations will be held this time?
This written examinations for CBSE board for 2021 will start on May 4. Typically, exmans start in late February or early March. However, this year being extraordinary because of the pandemic dates were postponed as schools remained closed for several months due to the pandemic.
The notification on the date-sheets has given students three months time to students to prepare in advance of their exam schedule. According to a statement by the CBSE, this is to “reduce the stress of the students and help them in better preparation for their examinations”.
It is to be noted that the last paper for class X will be held on June 7, and for class XII, they will be on June 11.
What is the duration of the CBSE examinations this year?
As per the Indian Express report, Controller of Examinations Sanyam Bharadwaj said in an attempt to reduce the number of days dedicated to the examination, “those schools which will function as exam centres will be able to use the days for their own activities”.
The exams have been divided into shifts i.e the Morning Shift (10:00 am) and the afternoon shift (2:00 pm). In 2020, the examinations were held over 45 days, this year 75 class X papers and 111 class XII papers will be conducted over 39 days.
Keeping in mind safety, Bharadwaj said examinations have been scattered in such a way that too many candidates will not be writing their papers on any given day.
“Sufficient time has been given between the examinations of two main subjects in both the classes. This will reduce the stress of the students and help them in better preparation for the examinations,” he said.
How will the two shifts shorten the examination schedule?
This time, the class XII exams will be conducted over two shifts in view of the pandemic. On four days, class XII papers will be conducted conducted in the afternoon shift, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. These are papers—mostly language papers—which are not offered in any of the CBSE schools located outside India.
It is to be noted that class 12th exams in the afternoon shift to be held with limited candidates and conducted in a small number of centres—will be conducted on those days on which class XII subjects with the maximum number of candidates—English, Science, Mathematics and Social Science—will be conducted in the morning shift.
“No school staff who had worked in morning shift will be given duty in afternoon shift to de-burden them and keeping in view pandemic,” read a statement by the board.