The state governments of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana are considering holding common intermediate examinations from next year. Measures have already been adopted to constitute a different Intermediate Board for Telangana. The assessment of answer-scripts will be done separately.
The intermediate examination system is linked to the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET). Hence, conducting separate board examinations may be difficult, according to sources.
As per officials of the Education Department, the Telangana government has until now taken up the Intermediate Education Act and has not formed the Board yet.
Officials have also stated that separate intermediate examinations in the two states may be conducted from the next academic year, for which the two Boards need to formulate a normalization process as the intermediate scores are assessed for EAMCET qualification. The government has also been given the option of scrapping the Inter weightage. The final decision is yet to be taken.
Officials from the Education Department of Telangana as well as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of AP are expected to hold meetings soon to come to a final decision. The officials, teachers and students of both the states have conflicting opinions about common or separate intermediate examinations.
The Intermediate public examinations are usually held in March every year and the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) releases the schedule for the public examinations generally in October.