CBSE Class 10, 12 Date Sheet: All exams will be held in the offline-written mode, and with strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place, the Education Ministry said

The CBSE board exam for Class X and XII will begin on May 4, the Education Ministry said Tuesday, as it released a datesheet for both classes. The Class X exams will finish June 7, while the Class XII exams will conclude June 11. Practical exams for applicable subjects will begin March 1.

The Class XII exams will be held in two shifts - the first will be from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm, and the second will be from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. All Class X exams will be held from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

All exams will be held in the offline-written mode, and with strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place. These include wearing face masks at all times and the use of hand sanitisers.

Results will be announced by July 15.

The first exam for Class X students will be languages - Kannada, Odia and Lepcha. Class XII exams will begin with English (both Elective and Core) at 10.30 am.

A third of each paper (33 per cent) will contain internal choice questions, and the syllabus of each subject has been reduced by 30 per cent to ease the burden on lakhs of students across the country who have seen classroom time cut drastically due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Last month Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said the exams - which are usually held between March and April - would not be postponed but would see reduction in syllabuses.

"... board exams will be conducted on a reduced syllabus. Thirty per cent... has been scrapped... There will also be 33 per cent internal choice in the board exam," Mr Pokhriyal tweeted.

He also responded to calls for the exams to be held online, and said this would not be fair on the lakhs of students from rural schools that had limited, if any, access to the internet.

Schools across India were shut from March last year to minimise the spread of the virus, with most shifting to online classrooms. State governments began to re-open them in phases from October, in line with guidelines from the centre.

Last week Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said Classes IX and XI would return to school, although attendance would depend on parents' permission.

CommentsLast year the board exams had to be postponed mid-way after the Covid lockdown. They were later cancelled and results declared on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.