Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that the class 10 and class 12 board exams will begin from the month of February. Earlier, the board had released a notification stating that the exams for skill education (vocational) and related subjects will be conducted in the second half of February. However, examinations for all the core academic subjects such as mathematics, physics, biology, economics, accountancy, geography, chemistry, etc. will be held in the month of March. The board has taken this decision in pursuance of a court order.
According to the press release, "the High Court of Delhi in the month of July has directed Delhi University and CBSE to ensure from the commencing academic year that the result of CBSE, including results of re-evaluation, are taken into account whilst determining the cut-off date for admission to colleges of the University of Delhi."
After due consultations, CBSE has decided that exams for all skill education (vocational) subjects will be held in the latter half of February. There are 40 skill education (vocational) subjects being offered in class 12 and 15 subjects in class 10.
CBSE offers over 240 subjects to the examinees of class 10 and class 12 board. The only compulsory subject is language in class 12. However, the compulsory subjects in class 10 are languages, mathematics, science and social sciences. Students are free to choose any combination of subjects in addition to the mandatory subjects as per the scheme of studies.
CBSE has also mentioned that the subjects for which the exams will be held in February and in March will be notified next week through the official website. Last year, CBSE has conducted the examinations from March to April and over 10 lakh students appeared for the exam.