CBSE has dismissed claims on cancellation of exams. The extension of lockdown till May 3, 2020 has introduced another phase of delay in the conduct of pending exams for class 10 and 12 and also in the announcement of results.
Earlier, when rumours arose on the cancellation of pending exams for class XII and class X (Northeast Delhi), the board stood firm on its announcement released on April 1, 2020. It reiterated the fact that it was difficult for the board to release the revised date sheet for classes 10 and 12, then. It also added that any decision concerning the conduct of examinations will be taken, after extensive consultation with higher education authorities and giving due importance to various aspects like entrance exams, admission dates etc. Also, the board promised to give a notice of 10 days to all stakeholders before the commencement of exams.
Controller of Examinations, CBSE, Sanyam Bhardwaj, dismissed the claims on cancellation of exams for classes X and XII. In his interview with the Education Times, he was quoted saying that deliberations were already on, regarding the conduct of pending exams. He added that with the country being categorised into red, orange and green zones based on the severity of infections, it would not be a good idea to conduct the examination in phases. The revised date sheet would follow the same cycle throughout India.
He further added that consequent on the lockdown and its extension, the entire academic cycle has been disturbed. Major entrance exams such as NEET, JEE, CLAT have been postponed and the commencement of new semester in colleges have been delayed. The board is waiting for the situation to progress positively and will make a 10 days prior announcement on the conduct of exams. He also promised a speedy evaluation of answer scripts, post lifting of lockdown.
The Board was not able to conduct examinations in the North East Delhi area due to the law and order situation in those parts. Only very few students were able to attend the examinations on six days. After careful consideration of the current situation, the board had decided to conduct exams only for 29 subjects that are important in the aspect of promotion and admissions into higher education institutions.