CBSE Class 10 and 12 Board Exams Start on March 9, Delayed Due to Polls.

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct its board examinations for Class 10 and 12 from March 9 in view of the state elections conducted in five states namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

The CBSE board examinations for class 10 would end by April 10, while class 12 will be complete by April 29, according to CBSE.

In a press statement issued by the CBSE on Monday said the Board has tried to maintain reasonable time gap between the major examination papers that would ensure that the students appearing for Joint Engineering Exam (JEE) and upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) complete the CBSE examinations ahead of these entrance exams.

The CBSE had recently written to the Election Commission informing it that its Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations this year will not be delayed due to assembly polls.

The Election Commission had on January 5 announced the poll dates for the aforementioned five states. While the process of voting would be complete in all these states much before March 9, when the CBSE Board examinations starts, but counting of votes would be done on March 11.

The exams were earlier scheduled to commence from March 1 and the decision was taken keeping in mind the upcoming assembly elections in five states, during which many teachers will remain occupied with the election duty. "The board has given careful consideration to the situation before postponing the exams by a week which will now allow the students to get more time for the preparation and ensure uninterrupted sequence of examinations," CBSE said in a statement.