A very important announcement was made by the Union Minister of Education, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal in a live interaction that took place on Twitter with the teachers on Tuesday, 22 December, wherein he informed that the CBSE board exams 2021 will not be conducted in the months of January and February because of the existing COVID-19 pandemic.

While in conversation Dr. Ramesh said that they will not be able to conduct the CBSE Board examinations till February 2021 and decision regarding the examination will be taken in the following weeks to come.

In between this major uncertainty about the conduct of board exams for 10th and 12th standards, Dr. Ramesh dwelled upon that taking online exams is not a viable option and board exams will be conducted in Offline mode only. 

The essence of the above state conversation comes down to this that the board is not in favour of online examination rather they would like to take offline, pen and paper written examination, which will be organised keeping in check with the parameters of COVID-19 health guidelines.

The possibility of keeping the exams online might become a challenge as not everyone has access to technology and the internet. 

Though there is a sigh of relief for the students who were not able to attend the practical classes. As per CBSE, only students who have attended the practical classes have to give practical exams for Class 12. For the schools who were not able to hold any practical classes physically, CBSE is trying to figure out an alternative mode for marking practical’s.

The CBSE has also made a clarification regarding the information that has been floating claiming CBSE practical’s will be held in January and February, are all false and misleading. These were based upon tentative board dates which were declared much earlier and have no relevance as on date.