In a major relief to students, the central government has instructed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct board exams twice a year for class X and XII students from academic session 2024-2025.
The central government has taken this step to reduce exam stress among students and simultaneously give them an opportunity to enhance their career options. Class X and XII students of academic session 2024-25 will be the first batch to follow the new format.
Speaking about the new board exams, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Students were always under stress as they would have to appear for JEE and NEET exams along with their board exams. Those who had the priority for engineering and medical admissions would knowingly or unknowingly neglect their board exams. Even good students were under stress. Considering the gravity of the situation, as per the National Education Policy (NEP) recommended that the students should get an opportunity to appear in board exams twice a year. Whether they will appear for it or not completely depends on students' wishes."
The Union Minister further added, “The students who will appear in the board exams twice, will be given the option to choose the best mark secured after appearing in the two board exams. This system will help reduce the stress. We have taken this initiative to help the students. We have instructed CBSE to adopt this policy in the next academic session i.e. 2025. The state education board will also follow the policy after the implementation of the new education policy.”