CBSE board exams to be held once a year from academic year 2022-23: Officials

CBSE board exams to be held once a year from academic year 2022-23: Officials

CBSE Board Exams: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to switch to its previous practice of conducting board exams for classes 10 and 12 only once a year from the academic year 2022-23, according to people familiar with the matter. has done. ,

The board last year announced two sets of board exams for students currently in class 10 and 12 to prepare for any “unprecedented situation” that may arise due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first set of exams was conducted between November and December 2021 in an objective multiple choice format, and the second set of exams is scheduled from April 26, 2022 in the form of subjective or long-answer papers.

There was speculation that the board would continue with the two-day exam exercise in future as well as the move was recommended in the National Policy on Education (NEP) 2020.

However, a senior CBSE official, who did not wish to be named, said, “The board decided to conduct two term exams for the session 2021-22 to prevent any unprecedented situation caused by the pandemic. Even as NEP 2020 favors two-term exams, it has been decided to switch to the previous exercise for now and conduct a set of board exams at the end of the academic year. The stakeholders also suggested an examination policy.”

This means that for those who are now entering class 10 and 12, only one set of board exams will be conducted at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

The decision comes at a time when school leaving board examinations will not be included for admission in all central and several state universities. A centrally conducted entrance test (Common University Entrance Test, or CUET) score will determine admissions from this year onwards – a move that could downplay the importance of board exams.

Principals and students of CBSE affiliated schools have welcomed the decision.

“Exams are a big exercise not only for the students, but also for the schools and teachers. It is very challenging to conduct two sets of examinations as schools have to stop all other activities at the time of board exams. Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School, Rohini, said, it is a matter of great relief that CBSE is now going back to the previous exercise of final examination.

Shambhavi Singh, a class 12 student at a Delhi government school in Kalkaji, said, “Giving two sets of board exams will become really difficult at a time when CUET has been introduced for college admissions. We can’t just keep giving exams. Now we will be able to focus on only one set of exams and college entrance exam.”

Meanwhile, for the 2021-22 batch, the board is yet to decide the weightage to be given to Term 1 and Term 2 examinations.

“The Board has received a large number of representations from schools requesting that more weightage be given to the examinations of the second session. It is examining the representations to take a decision regarding the weightage,” the CBSE official quoted above.


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