As COVID-19 cases in India reach an all-time high, the academic year of 2021-22 undergoes a new set of changes. In the wake of CBSE postponing the Class XII exams and cancelling the Class X exam, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) that is responsible for conducting the Indian Certificate of Secondary Exam for Class XII and Class X decided to postpone the exams in light of rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.
What are the New Changes?
CISCE postponed ICSE exams for Class XII and Class X due to COVID-19 and announced that the new dates will be released in the first week of June 2021. Class X and XII exams were supposed to begin on the 4th of May 2021 and conclude in the month of June to keep college admissions on track this year. The new dates will be announced after a review of the current situation and uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
The official notice published by CISCE also stated that Class XII offline exams will be conducted at a later stage while Class X students have a choice to either appear for the offline exams (to be conducted in June) or not.
Class X students who do not give the offline exam will be evaluated and promoted after a fair and unbiased assessment. The assessment criteria for Class X is yet to be announced by CISCE. Last year, CISCE evaluated and gave a composite score to students based on their internal assessment, practicals and average scores in all the exams held till then.
Several state boards like Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Odisha postponed the exams till further notice earlier this week as India witnessed an unprecedented rise of COVID-19 cases. While Cambridge International cancelled Class XII and Class X exams. Some states like Kerala and Karnataka have decided to go ahead with the Class XII and Class X exams.
Many students, parents and politicians welcomed this decision to defer the exams till June as the COVID-19 situation worsens in India.
Similarly, entrance exams like the UPCET exam by the National Testing Agency and NEET PG conducted by the National Board of Education have been postponed for a later date to contain the spread and increasing covid- 19 cases across India. The new dates will be announced later. was postponed
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