New Delhi: Approx 50% of the 36 lakh students for the CBSE’s Class X and XII final exams will write their exam in their own schools, the Board announced on Monday. The exams for the minor subjects will begin on November 16, while the major subjects will start on November 30, 2021. This is for the first time the CBSE will be conducting the Board exams in two phases — Term 1 and 2. The Board is also increasing the number of exam centres from 7,000 to 14,000.
The number of registered candidates has increased by nearly 4 lakh this year. While around 22 lakh candidates are expected to take the OMR-based MCQ Term 1 of the Class X exams, around 14 lakh have registered for the Term 1 of the Class XII final.
CBSE on Monday night released the dates of the major subjects of Class X and XII Board exams. Dates of the minor subjects will be provided to schools.
CBSE’s controller of examinations, Sanyam Bharadwaj said that the date sheets for the minor subjects will be sent directly to the schools as those exams will be conducted by the schools but with the board’s question papers. Minor subject exams begin on November 16 for Class 12 and November 17 for Class 10.
The Board has also made special provision for students with disabilities, which include separate seating arrangements. “Separate rooms will be provided to such candidates. They will also be given assistance by the centres as per CBSE directives and rights of the PwDs to make the exams barrier free,” added Bhardwaj.
On doubling the number of centres, Bhardwaj said: “This is being done to ensure that students are either appearing in an exam centre close to their school and wherever this is not possible, candidates will be allowed to write the exam in their own school. But every exam centre will be monitored by CBSE observers.”