Boards Postponed due to Polls


CBSE board exams are considered to be the most difficult exams by school students. It is a turning point for most students in class 10 and class 12. Schools conduct extra classes to help students do well in the exam.

What and How

Board examinations conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are held in the month of March every year. The exams usually commence by the first week of March and end in the last week. The Election Commission announced the poll dates for 5 states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand on January 4th 2017. The polls are going to be held in these states in the month of February and March. Since the poll dates are clashing with the dates of CBSE board exams, CBSE has decided to postpone the exams till the polls have been completed.

Close to 16, 67,573 students from class 10 have applied for the CBSE board exam this year in which 7, 82,863 students have applied for the school based examination and 14, 91,371 students from class 12 have applied for the same. Similar to last year, class 10 students will have a dual system of examination in 2017 as well. There will be a public board exam and a school-based board exam, students can choose one of the two. Next year onwards, the school-based board examination will be scrapped and only a single public exam will remain for class 10 students.

This was primarily done to ease the burden of teachers who will be busy with election duty. Since the board examination dates are postponed, exams can be conducted steadily. The revised schedule for the class 10 and 12 board examinations has been announced.

Expert Opinion

Chairman of CBSE, Mr. R.K. Chaturvedi said that they have adopted several IT initiatives this year to ensure that even though the examinations have been postponed, the results will be announced on time. Sources at CBSE have also revealed that the examination paper will contain 80 percent easy questions and the rest will be average/difficult questions as per the new pattern. This was done after many experts criticized the math paper of being very difficult last year.

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