New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) generally conducts class 10th and 12th board exams in February and March. However, it might not be able to do so this year because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Though the education ministry has confirmed that exams will not be postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic, students across the country are concerned about the exams as the CBSE has still not released the date sheet for the upcoming exams.

Seeing students worried and confused, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank held the webinar wherein he interacted with the teachers and addressed their queries and concerns regarding upcoming 10th-12th board exams 2021.

Answering the question, Pokhriyal confirmed that there will be no practical exams in January and February. He further clarified that seeing the present situation, it's not possible to conduct exams in January and February 2021. Regarding the written exam of 10th and 12th board exam in March, he confirmed that currently the situation is being assessed and dates would be announced soon. 

Reduction in Syllabus? 

Regarding the reduction in 10th-12th board exam syllabus, he said, "CBSE has already reduced syllabus to 30 per cent. Many state governments have also reduced their syllabus for the academic year 2020-21. The exams would be conducted on the basis of the reduced syllabus." 

For the unversed, Pokhriyal in his last webinar made it clear that CBSE class 10th and 12th board exams will be held in February and March as usual but under COVID-19 guidelines. However, if the pandemic is not brought under control then they might delay the exams.

As per reports, the question papers will also see several changes in 2021, that is, there will be more application-based and objective-based questions.

Meanwhile, CBSE in its latest circular said, “CBSE is well aware of the condition of students and parents in the time of pandemic and, therefore, whatsoever decision would be taken by the CBSE that will only be taken after consultation with all the stakeholders and will be communicated at an appropriate time through Board website.”

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv