CBSE 12th Board Exam: Only Major Subject exams can be held, may be decided in meeting with states on Sunday

Amidst the second wave of corona epidemic, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is considering taking the examination of major subjects in class XII. According to the Indian Express, in view of the epidemic, it can be decided that in the 12th class, major subjects should have an exam and another formula should be adopted for marking the rest of the subjects.

The government had postponed the 12th board exam due to the second wave of corona. A high level meeting of ministers and officials with states and Union Territories chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to decide on the entrance test of 12 exams and professional education on Sunday. Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar will also attend the meeting.

174 subjects for 12th, 20 of them major
CBSE studies 174 subjects in class XII. Out of these, only 20 are considered major subjects. These include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, History, Political Science, Business Studies, Accountancy, Geography, Economics and English. Any student from CBSE takes at least 5 and a maximum of 6 subjects, usually consisting of 4 major subjects.

CBSE has 2 options for exam
CBSE is considering 2 ways to conduct the exam.

Only major subject examinations can be conducted at designated centres. The numbers of these examinations can also be based on the numbers in the minor subject. Under this option, 1 month will be required for pre-exam, 2 months for declaration of exam and result and 45 days for compartment exam. That is, this option can be adopted only when the CBSE Board has a 3 month window.

The second option suggests setting a time of one and a half hours (90 minutes) for examination of all subjects. At the same time, the paper advises asking only objective or short questions. Thus, the examination can be conducted only in 45 days. It says that major subject examination of 12th standard children should be conducted in their own school. Also, the number of examination centres should be doubled.

Discussion on exam swells with states
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all state governments and governments to take decisions related to students after advice. The virtual meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be held at 11.30 am on Sunday. The Education Minister has also sought suggestions from the public on the exam through social media.

In a letter to the States and Union Territories, Education Minister Pokhriyal said that the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education and CBSE along with students are considering options for conducting examinations keeping in view the safety of teachers. The Department of Higher Education is also discussing the date of examination in educational institutions.

Madhya Pradesh suggests exam in June
In Madhya Pradesh, a proposal has been sent for conducting 10th and 12th board exams in June due to increasing corona infection. It is yet to be sealed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The 10th examination was scheduled to begin on April 30 and the 12th exam from May 1. The Rajasthan government will take a decision on the 10th and 12th examinations after lockdown in the state. The Uttar Pradesh government has also decided to conduct the 12th examination in June itself.

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