The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently confirmed conducting the board exams 2021 in the offline mode. The exams will follow the usual pen and paper-based approach and no online exams will be conducted.
“Boards exams have always been conducted in offline mode. This year, due to unprecedented challenges, everything has moved online and many people were speculating the possibility of online board exams. It is important to clear the confusion for students,” Sanyam Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations, CBSE, told Education Times.
He said that it is too early to divulge any details regarding the board exams 2021 as the board is consulting various stakeholders to devise the best-suited strategy to smoothly conduct the exams.
“CBSE compartment exams were conducted earlier this year amid the pandemic and we will be able to manage board exams in 2021 in offline mode without hassle. There are no plans to delay the exams and it will be held in February-March as usual. We are hopeful that states will soon reopen schools and students will get time to prepare for the exams,” Bhardwaj adds.
Board aspirants have a compulsory component of practical exams and conducting these exams with schools shut is an extremely difficult task. Bhardwaj, however, says that once the schools reopen, schools will get more time than last year to complete the practical exams.
“Usually, schools get around 1.5 months. This year, they may get more than two months to conduct practical exams and complete all formalities while following Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing norms,” he says.
Now that board exams will be conducted in offline mode, many students are also concerned about the date sheet and if they would get sufficient gap days between the exams.
“While preparing the datesheet in 2019, students got more than enough gap days between the two exams. Even if some exams were scheduled back to back, it was made sure that the subsequent exam was easy. Due to Covid-19 situation and academic loss, there is a possibility that students will get more gap days than last year. We are open to all options,” adds Bhardwaj.
Source From : Times Of India