CBSE Board Examination in February 2019

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the Board Examinations in February 2019, according to the NDTV report. The Board Examinations are happening earlier than usual, noted the story and added that it would initially hold examinations for vocational subjects. What is more, the Board examination for core subjects will commence in March next year. The list of subjects for which exams will be held in February 2019 will be released next week on its official website. The date sheet for the examinations will be published by the Board at a later date.

The Board has decided to conduct the examinations earlier than the previous years from next year. So far, the Board Examinations conclude by the end of April. This pushes the result date to the end of May, and consequently, the re-evaluation result in July said the report. With exams being over earlier, the result will also be released more previously. The decision was taken after a recommendation from the committee that was formed in April 2018 to make suggestions on ways to improve the CBSE exam process.

The early re-evaluation result declaration will allow students who apply for re-evaluation to not miss University admission deadlines. Up until now, students who applied for re-evaluation were placed at a disadvantage since either they had to apply with their scores as given before re-evaluation or had to wait for re-evaluation result which often led to missing admission deadlines with many top universities. The decision was also taken in light of Delhi High Court July 11, 2018 order which asked Delhi University and CBSE to co-ordinate result and undergraduate cut off dates.

According to a statement issued by the Board, it had decided to conduct examinations for skill education (vocational) and related subjects in the second half of February for the ensuing Board examinations of classes 10 and 12 to hold in 2019. However, examinations for all the core academic subjects, such as languages, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, economics, business studies, accountancy, economics etc., will continue to be held in March at the external examinations centres fixed by the Board. This decision has been taken in pursuance of a court order, noted the statement.

The High Court of Delhi, in its judgement dated 11.07.2018 has directed the Deli University and the CBSE to ensure from the commencing academic year that the result of CBSE, including results of re-evaluation are taken into account while determining the cut-off date for admission to colleges of the University of Delhi. The Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar had directed the CBSE and DU to hold consultations and to make efforts in this direction.

In this backdrop, after due consultations, the Board has decided that examinations for all skill education (vocational) subjects should be held in the latter half of February next year. These are 40 skill education (vocational) subjects being offered in class 12 and 15 in class 10. There are also certain other related subjects such as Typography and Computer Applications (English), Web Applications, Graphics, Office Communication and more where there are very few students, in fact, less than 500. These will also be included in February examinations as these subjects have more substantial practical component and shorter theory papers. This slight advancement of the date sheet of the Board will facilitate slightly earlier declaration of both – the main results and the re-evaluation results – as compared to previous years.

Basket of Subjects

The Board is offering a basket of over 240 subjects to its examinees of class 10 and 12th Board. In class 12th, the only compulsory subject is language, while in grade 10, the mandatory subjects are languages, mathematics, science and social sciences. The students are free to choose any combination of subjects in addition to the compulsory subjects as per the scheme of studies.

Unlike most other Boards, CBSE does not have any streams or fixed combination of subjects at the senior secondary level. Currently, the examination date sheet of the Board begins from March, and it extends to seven weeks or more, to be able to accommodate all possible combinations of subjects. Due to this, results go on to the fourth week of May, and the re-evaluation process gets completed only in July end. By this time, the admissions in DU and many other varsities is almost finished.

The subjects for which the examinations will be held in February and in March next year will be notified on the official website next week. This kind of change in date sheet has also been recommended by the High Powered Committee that was set up in April this year to make recommendations on strengthening the examination processes of the Board, quoting the Secretary of CBSE as saying, the statement added.

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