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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi:  The Central Board of Secondary Education has deferred the announcement of dates for the leftover class 10 and 12 board exams to May 18, i.e. on Monday.

Union Minister of HRD, Ramesh Pokhriyal took to Twitter on Saturday saying that CBSE is taking into consideration some additional ‘technical aspects’ after which the exam date sheets will now be announced on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the MHRD had declared that it would come up with the finalized exam dates for the upcoming exams scheduled in July today at 5 pm.

The ministry had informed a few days ago that the pending Class 10 and 12 CBSE exams, which were postponed due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown, will be conducted from July 1 to 15.

The board exams for class 10 will be only for the students from northeast Delhi, where the exams could not be completed due to law and order situation. Similarly, class 12 board exams will be held for students nationwide.

The board had last month announced that it will only conduct pending exams in 29 subjects which are crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions.

Sources said the schedule would be decided in order to ensure that the board exams are completed before competitive examinations such as engineering entrance JEE-Mains, which is scheduled from July 18-23, and medical entrance exam NEET, which is scheduled on July 26.

It may be noted that the evaluation of answer copies of Class X and XII board exam papers which were completed before the lockdown has already begun across the country from May 10.

As many as 3000 CBSE affiliated schools have been selected as exam evaluation centres from where over 1.50 crore answer copies of both Class X and XII board exam papers would be despatched to the homes of designated evaluators, union HRD minister had announced on May 9.

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