The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) that conducts ICSE and ISC exams has decided to postpone the Class 12 Board exams and made written exam optional for Class 10 board exams. The government made the announcement for CISCE Board Exams on 16 April 2021 in view of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The revised exam schedule will be announced by the first week of June.
"The Covid situation will be closely monitored and the deferment of the ICSE and ISC 2021 examinations will be reviewed and a final decision on the conduct of the board examinations will be taken by the first week of June 2021," stated CISCE in its official notification.
Recently, the Education Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the postponement of CBSE Class 12 Board Exams and the cancelation of Class 10 Exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the decision of CBSE, many other state boards have also decided to cancel or postpone the Board exams for students.
Last year, CISCE had to cancel Board exams midway in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. The Board then had adopted an assessment scheme that included three parameters - (i) an average of the best three papers percentage, (ii) total marks obtained in the project and practical subjects, and (iii) percentage of the internal assessment or projects and practical work. The CISCE may adopt something similar this year too, yet the final assessment criteria will be informed officially later.
The delay in Class 10 and 12 board examinations will impact the new academic session. More than 3 lakh students are expected to be affected. The CISCE was scheduled to hold exams for Class 10 ICSE from 04 May 2021 to 07 June 2021, while the Class 12 ISC exam was to be conducted from 8 April 2021 to 18 June 2021.
Download the CISCE Official Notification here