As first reported by TOI in October 2020, the commission’s exams are delayed by almost 80 days this year, given the pandemic situation. The exams generally take place in January (internships), and the theoretical exams start every year in February (professional disciplines) and end in March.
Given the situation of COVID-19 and the interruption of regular classes, CBSE, following several stakeholder consultations, decided to reduce the program by 30%, as well as to postpone the exams until May in order to alleviate the academic loss.
The Council is also working on a solution for conducting examinations in more than 25 countries where CBSE is present.
“This is a prudent decision of the government, given that students are under enormous pressure due to the interruption of academic activities. Postponed exams and streamlining the program will help students, ”said Swati Jain, editor, Oswal Books.
Without any clarity on on-board exam dates so far, several schools have already conducted online pre-counseling exams to keep students ready.
The CBSE announced earlier this month that on-board examinations in 2021 will be conducted in writing and not online.
Schools across the country were closed in March to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been partially reopened in some states since October 15.
However, several states have decided to keep them closed, given the growing number of infections.
Board exams had to be postponed halfway through March. They were subsequently canceled and the results were announced on the basis of an alternative evaluation scheme.
The Ministry of Education also announced that JEE-Mains for admission to engineering colleges will take place four times a year starting in 2021 to give students flexibility and the chance to improve their score.
The first edition of the joint entrance exam (JEE networks) will take place between February 23-26, followed by rounds in March, April and May.
Delays in on-board examinations, however, can affect the conduct of the NEET-UG medical entrance examination, which usually takes place in May. There is still no official communication on the same.
“We appreciate CBSE’s strategic planning for conducting CBSE 2021 Board examinations. Starting in the first week of May, we will give students and teachers enough time to prepare better. Congratulations to Sh Pokhriyal Ji for such a balanced decision, “said Bharat Arora, general secretary, Private School Action Committee without assistance.