New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Monday postponed board exams for both Class 10 and 12 by a week in view of the assembly elections to be held in five states in February and March.
“The annual examinations of class 10 and 12 will be conducted by CBSE from 9th March 2017, in view of the state assembly elections being conducted in five states of Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh,” CBSE said in a statement.
Elections will take place between 4 February and 8 March in five states including Uttar Pradesh and the results will be declared on 11 March.
The CBSE exam schedule generally begins in the first week of March across India. The board, which works under the human resource development ministry, said it had given “careful consideration to the situation before postponing the exams by a week”.
CBSE said the decision to delay the exams would allow students to get more time for preparation and ensure an uninterrupted sequence of examinations.
The board, however, clarified that the delay in Class 12 exams would not affect the schedule of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). JEE is a two-tier entrance exam for selection to top engineering schools including IITs, NEET is the qualifying test for admission to medical colleges.
Some 1.66 million students will sit for the Class 10 board exam this year while 1.09 million will take the Class 12 exam. CBSE said results of the board exams will be declared on time.
To be sure, taking the Class 10 board exam is not compulsory this year. The compulsory Class 10 board exam is expected to return in 2018.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) had last week decided to reschedule its Class 10 and 12 board exams due to the assembly elections but details are yet to be announced.