The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has said that the first-term board examinations for Classes X and XII will be conducted offline in November-December this year and the date-sheet for it will be announced on 18th of this month. In a circular, the board said, the exams will be objective-type and the duration of the exams will be 90 minutes. In view of the winter season, the exams will start from 11.30 am instead of 10.30 am.
After the conduct of the first term exams, the results in the form of the marks scored will be declared. The CBSE said, the second-term examination would be conducted in March-April next year and whether it will be objective or subjective-type will depend on the Covid situation in the country.
No student will be placed in the pass, compartment and essential repeat categories after the first term. The final results will be announced after the first and the second-term examinations.
It said, practical exams or internal assessment will be completed in schools before the first-term exams are over. The marks allotted will be 50 per cent of the total marks and mentioned in the syllabus. The schools will be informed separately about the full scheme so that they can make the necessary preparations.
The CBSE is offering 114 subjects in Class 12th and 75 subjects in Class 10th.
It said, if the tests are conducted for all the subjects, the entire duration of the examinations would be about 40 to 45 days. Therefore, to avoid learning loss of students, the CBSE has decided that the subjects offered by it will be divided into two parts – major subjects and minor subjects.
As the major subjects are offered by almost all the affiliated schools, the exams for these subjects will be conducted by fixing a date-sheet, as done earlier. Regarding the minor subjects, the CBSE will make groups of schools offering these subjects and thus, more than one paper would be conducted by the board in the schools on a day.