May 18, 2022

The CBSE will return to the format of single board examinations from the next academic year 2022-23

The CBSE had to change the exam pattern last year after Board exams were canceled for the 2020-21 academic year amid the COVID-19 pandemic

File image of the CBSE logo. Image courtesy of cbse.nic.in

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to switch to the pre-pandemic single exam format from the next school year. This means that Class X and Class XII board exams will only be held once a year, according to media reports.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the board had introduced two rounds of board examinations. The semester 1 board exams were held in November-December 2021 and the semester 2 exams will start on April 26 this year. The first semester papers consisted only of multiple-choice questions, while the second semester consisted of subjective or long-answer questions.

The Council released the admission cards for the second semester examination for private candidates on April 15 this year. Registered candidates can now download the admission card on the Council’s official website.

A CBSE official told the media the decision was made after receiving representations from the schools. He added that the board never announced the continuation of the two-term format. Emphasizing that it was a one-size-fits-all formula, the official informed that the CBSE had for now decided to stick to the one-size-fits-all exam format. The policy of holding the exams with a 30% reduced syllabus will still be followed and an announcement in this regard has not yet been made, the official added.

The CBSE had to change the exam pattern last year after the Board exams were canceled for the 2020-21 academic year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, students were assessed on the basis of their results in previous exams, practical exams and internal assessments.

The decision to revert to a board exam comes at a time when graduation board exams are no longer the main influencing factor for admissions to all central universities and several state universities. The grade-based undergraduate course admission system at several universities like Delhi University will be replaced by the Common University Entrance Test, or CUET.

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