New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of HRD is prepared to conduct the pending Class 10 and 12 board examinations for 29 crucial subjects at the first possibility, officials told news agency PTI on Wednesday. The ministry has also directed all the states and UTs to start the evaluation process for the exams that have been already conducted and facilitate CBSE in the evaluation of answer sheets.

"We are prepared to conduct board exams for class 10 and 12 pending due to lockdown in wake of the COVID-19 situation in the country. The exams will be conducted for 29 subjects crucial for promotion and admissions to undergraduate courses, at the first possibility. The students will be given at least 10-days notice before exams are conducted," a senior ministry official told PTI.

"States have been asked to start the evaluation process for the exams already conducted and have been advised to facilitate evaluation of answer sheets. CBSE will also issue instructions for marking or assessment of non-important subjects not included in the list of 29 subjects," the official added. 

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Earlier on Tuesday, the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had interacted with education ministers of all the states and UTs. Education Ministers from several states had put their deliberations about their respective states board. 

“Recently there has been lot of speculation regarding CBSE board exams. It is reiterated that board's decision to take board exams for 29 subjects of class 10, 12 stands the same as announced earlier,” the CBSE said in a clarification tweet on Wednesday.

According to the HRD ministry officials, currently, there are plans to conduct competitive NEET and JEE in June for admission to medical and engineering colleges.

For admissions to other undergraduate courses, the UGC is working on an alternative calendar for the new academic session that will be notified within a week.

(with PTI inputs)

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