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Devbrat Patnaik

New Delhi: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, in the recently held virtual interaction with students and teachers, clarified that the CBSE board exams 2021 will not be held till February at least. Amid rising speculations of CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations in March, it is said that the date sheet and schedule of examinations will be announced on December 31, 2020 (Thursday). The Education Ministry has also clarified that the exam will be held in pen and paper mode only, and not in ONLINE mode.

What has come as a major relief for the students is the education minister made it clear that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams in 2021 will be held on a reduced syllabus.

As per reports, the Board has reduced up to 30 per cent of the syllabus for the current academic session 2020-2021, and the decision was taken to minimise the burden on students, at least to some extent. It is to be noted that the deleted portion of the syllabus is to be considered only for the purpose of the Annual Board Examination-2021.

“Over 30% of the total syllabus has been cut and some states have also announced a similar move while others are expected to do the same,” the education minister said.

The Education Minister said that CBSE board exams will not be held till February 2021 at least, in order to give the students sufficient time to prepare for the examinations.

The decision on the schedule of the board examinations is most likely to be announced on December 31 evening.

Answering the queries on JEE Main 2021, Pokhriyal highlighted the fact that the government has introduced more internal choices to make the exam easier for the students. What this will do is it will give students an equal opportunity to answer all the questions.

“We have introduced more internal options in JEE Main. Of the 90 questions in each section, students will have to answer only 75. For the students whose Boards have reduced syllabus by 30% will have lesser choices but they will not be at a loss. They can prepare as per their own Boards,” Pokhriyal said.

It is pertinent to mention that JEE Main 2021 will be conducted four times in the year in order to avoid any possible clash with Board and competitive exams.

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