List of States Where Board Exams are Postponed


The coronavirus cases have been increasing across India. Several states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab have imposed night curfews in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus. This has forced the governments to also push the academic calendar further. State governments are postponing the scheduled board examinations. As of now, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh government have postponed the Class 10 and Class 12 exams while Chhattisgarh government has decided to reschedule the Class 10 board exam. Telangana Inter Second Year Practical Exams has also been postponed.

Here is a look at the revised date sheets of different boards:

Punjab: The Punjab School Education Board has postponed the class 10 and class 12 exams by a month. The exams were originally scheduled to begin on March 22, however, now due to the current situation the class 10 exams will start from May 4 and Class 12 exams will begin from April 20. The exam for both classes will end on May 24. The three-hour-long examination will be held between 10 am and 2 pm.

Chhattisgarh: The Chhattisgarh Board Of Secondary Education postponed the date of Class 10 examination due to the increasing number of cases in the state. The exam was originally scheduled to start on April 15. As of now the revised dates for the exams have not been announced. Till now no change has been announced for class 12 examinations which are scheduled to be held between May 3 and May 24.

Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) has postponed the board exams for Class 10, and Class 12. The exams which were initially scheduled to begin on April 24 will now commence from May 8. This delay has also been caused due to the Panchayat elections in the state.

Telangana: The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE), Hyderabad has taken the decision of postponing the Inter Second Year Practical Exams from April 7 to April 20 to June 29 to July 7 due to the rising cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the practicals will be held after the theory exams which too are running late as compared to other years.

Maharashtra: Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education (MSBSHSE) Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or classes 10 and 12 exams will be held in April. Usually, Maharashtra Board exams begin by March.

CBSE, CISCE among other state boards too are holding exams later than usual. The delay has been granted to students to clear doubts and have self-study time. For most part of the current academic year was spent online as schools remain shut due to the pandemic.

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Entrepreneurship Curriculum Helped Students Grow Family Business During Lockdown: Sisodia


Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday said that several students of Delhi government schools helped to grow their family businesses based on their learning from the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum (EMC). Delivering a keynote address at the Ashoka University’s Entrepreneurship Education Conference, Sisodia said that there was a need to develop “an entrepreneurial mindset in our students in a way that they can contribute to their economy”.

“I went to one school to ask whether EMC has helped them, one student said that after attending entrepreneurship classes, she was able to help her father by making an online marketing system for mobile repairing work. One student, inspired by Krishna Yadav, a pickle chef, helped her mom to start two food stalls,” Sisodia said. He added that another student used the seed money given by the Delhi government to make Bluetooth speakers and named it “Speak techs”.

“These are the success stories of our children, and this is how we need to inspire our youth and change mindsets. Students graduating from our Delhi government schools have started business in handicrafts, in technology and various other ventures,” he added.

The Delhi education minister said, for India to become a developed nation, the students need to become job providers, and not job-seekers. “We have learned that there are developed, developing and under-developed nations… If we don’t work on instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in our students, we will continue to be a job-seeker country, and never reach the place of a developed nation. EMC is a big intervention and I hope everyone joins us in empowering our students to become job-providers,” he said.

The Entrepreneurship Education Conference was organised by Ashoka University’s InfoEdge Centre for Entrepreneurship and includes themes of Entrepreneurship Research, Edtech & Entrepreneurship, Teaching Pedagogy and Policy Support. Sisodia said that the ECM, which focuses on enhancing the entrepreneurial mindset of the students, has enabled them to “apply, challenge and innovate”. “Students learn skills and practice mindfulness which encourages them to dream big, try new and challenging goals. EMC includes various unique activities for students to think critically, whether it is by doing fieldwork or interacting with eminent entrepreneurs live,” he added.

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Reconsider Conducting CBSE Board Exams: Rahul Gandhi to Centre


Amid the rise in cases of COVID-19, congress leader Rahul Gandhi has asked the Government of India to reconsider holding the board exams. Gandhi took to Twitter and wrote, “In the light of the devastating Corona second wave, conducting #CBSE exams must be reconsidered. All stakeholders must be consulted before making sweeping decisions. On how many counts does GOI intend to play with the future of India’s youth?”

Recently, Priyanka Gandhi too has demanded the cancellation of the CBSE Board exams. “Our education system needs to drastically alter its attitude and start reflecting sensitivity and compassion towards children rather than just talking about it,” wrote Priyanka

Not just congress but leaders from Shiv Sena too have been demanding a common decision from Centre for class 10, 12 board exams across states. Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant has written a letter to Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiryal Nishank, “All these students come in an age group that has not been allowed to be vaccinated by the Union Health Ministry. The exams due in a few days will have millions of students and their families, their teacher, invigilators, non-teaching staff at a high risk considering the virulence of the current pandemic,” the letter stated.

Meanwhile, over one lakh students signed a petition on change.org demanding the cancellation of exams due to the pandemic. “The situation in India is getting worse day by day. When there were only a few cases in the country, they canceled the remaining board exams and now when the cases are at a peak they are planning to open schools,” the petition said.

“As the exam conducting body, we have taken all steps – from more number of centers to ensure a sanitized room. More importantly, students have already given their pre-boards, they know where they stand and can focus on their studies. No activity has come to halt in the country, so why should the students’ future suffer,” said Sanyam Bhardwaj, Exam Controller, CBSE

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Priyanka Gandhi to Education Minister Pokhriyal


CBSE will hold class 10, 12 board exams in May (PTI Photo / Representational)

CBSE will hold class 10, 12 board exams in May (PTI Photo / Representational)

The government and the CBSE board will be held responsible if any exam centre becomes a hotspot, said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a letter to Pokhriyal

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishankon Sunday seeking cancellation of the CBSE Board exams, saying it will be impossible to ensure the safety of students at crowded exam centres. In her letter to the minister, she said by forcing children to sit for these exams during a raging pandemic, the Government and the CBSE board will be held responsible if any exam centre becomes a hotspot with a large numbers of children becoming infected with the disease.

“The Government and the CBSE board might want to consider whether they are prepared to own the legal liability for students or others who might be severely affected by the disease in this manner,” she said. She said with over one lakh cases of COVID-19 being reported across the country, lakhs of children and parents have expressed fear and apprehension about assembling at exam centres to sit for the exams in the middle of the second wave of COVID-19.

Vadra said the apprehensions of students are well-founded, as giving exams under the specter of a deadly disease will cause unnecessary anxiety to children and impact their ability to perform as well. “They are rightfully requesting that the exams be cancelled under the prevailing circumstances.

“I do hope that the Government will engage in a dialogue with schools, students and their parents so that a safer way for them to fulfil their educational obligations can be found. Rather than forcing them into a potentially dangerous situation, it would be in the fitness of things for them to be given the support, encouragement and protection that is due to them at this very trying time,” Vadra said in her letter. She also pointed out that it is our responsibility as political leaders to protect and guide the young.

As state after state issues guidelines preventing the assembly of large numbers of people in public places, what moral grounds can we stand on, while forcing young children to do exactly that, she asked. According to the revised date sheet for CBSE board exams 2021, the Class 10 exams would be held between May 4 and June 7 and those for Class 12 would be held between May 4 and June 15. CBSE officials have said that exam centres across the country have been increased by 40-50 per cent to ensure social distancing among students.

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Medical Students Demand Postponement of Exam Amid COVID-19


NEET PG 2021 is scheduled to be held on April 18. (Image by Shutterstock/ Representational)

NEET PG 2021 is scheduled to be held on April 18. (Image by Shutterstock/ Representational)

Most of the candidates are seeking postponement till May or till the peak is over, however, there is no statement from officials on the same yet.

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A large section of medical students have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms seeking postponement of the medical entrance exam for admission to postgraduate courses. Students who have cleared the MBBS course and even practicing doctors are eligible to appear for NEET PG 2021. The exam is scheduled to be held on April 18, however, students are demanding that the exam should be postponed for later. Among major concerns addressed by students are transportation facilities, students coming from containment zones, and different cities and states having different rules which might lead to confusion, claim NEET PG aspirants.

About 1.5 to 2 lakh students appear for NEET PG every year. Since NEET PG aspirants also include medical professionals seeking career advancement and further studies, candidates are worried that holding exams amid rising cases of the pandemic might have an effect on their health as well as job. Most of the candidates are seeking postponement till May or till the peak is over, however, there is no statement from officials on the same.

Not Just aspirants but several academicians and prominent leaders have also joined the Twitter protest and are trending #PostponeNEETPG2021.

The National Board of Examination (NBE) conducts the NEET PG exam. A total of 1,74,886 applications have been received by NBE. Those who clear NEET PG will be eligible for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses for the academic session 2021. NEET-PG is a computer-based exam. It will have 200 multiple-choice questions. The exam will be held in English. Candidates will have three hours and 30 minutes to solve the exam.

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Schools, Colleges, Coaching Institutes in Uttar Pradesh Closed till April 30


Schools for classes 1 to 12, colleges, and coaching institutes in Uttar Pradesh will remain shut in Uttar Pradesh due to rising cases of COVID-19. The shutdown will remain effective till April 30, as per the officials. Exams that have been prescheduled will be allowed to take place and staff can only be called for duty for critical work. The state government had earlier asked all schools to keep their classes one to eight closed till April 11.

The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) or Uttar Pradesh Board has postponed its Class 10 and 12 board exams which were scheduled to be held in April. Now, the UP Board exams will be held from May 8 and conclude by May 30.

The UP chief minister has also decided to give a day’s leave to employees, of both the government and the private sector, on the day of their vaccination.

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Bihar BEd CET 2021 Applications Begin, Exam on May 30


Bihar CET-BEd 2021: The Bihar Combined Entrance Test for BEd 2021 will be held on May 30. This year, the exam is being conducted by the Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Kameshwarangar, Darbanga. The application process for Bihar CET-BEd 2021 has begun today and will remain open till May 7. Candidates can submit the online form with a late fee from May 8 to 10. A window to edit the online form will also be given to candidates from May 11 to 12.

Those who clear the exam will be eligible to seek admission to BEd courses in college across Bihar. To pass the entrance exam, candidates need to obtain at least 35 per cent marks. For candidates belonging to the reserved category, the minimum qualifying marks are 30 per cent. The BEd CET 2021 has 120 objective-type questions each carrying one mark. It consists of General English/Sanskrit, Hindi for 15 marks each, logical and analytical reasoning and teaching-learning environment for 25 marks each, and general awareness for 40 marks.

Bihar CET-BEd 2021: Who can apply?

Candidates with at least 50 per cent marks either in the bachelor’s degree (10+2+3) and/or master’s degree in science, social science, humanity, commerce or Bachelors in engineering, technology with specialization in science and mathematics with 55 per cent marks or any other qualification equivalent thereto are eligible to appear in the admission test for the B. Ed. programme

Bihar CET-BEd 2021: How to apply

Step 1: Visit the official website, bihar-cetbed-lnmu.in

Step 2: Click on ‘Apply for entrance’ exam link

Step 3: Click on ‘registration for new user account’

Step 4: Create new account using credentials

Step 5: Fill the application form, uload certificates

Step 6: Pay fee, submit

Bihar CET-BEd 2021: Fee

Candidates will have to pay a fee of Rs 1000. For EBS, BC, EWS, and divyang candidates the fee is Rs 750. For candidates belonging to SC, ST category the fee is Rs 500. Women candidates from all categories will have to pay Rs 750.

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Shiv Sena Leader to Education Minister


Common decision for all states will ensure no discrimination, said Sawant (PTI Photo / Representational)

Common decision for all states will ensure no discrimination, said Sawant (PTI Photo / Representational)

These students come in an age group that has not been allowed to be vaccinated. A unilateral decision by any state would lead to students of that particular state being at a disadvantage, the letter read.

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Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant has written a letter to Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiryal Nishank seeking a uniform policy for class 10 and 12 Board exams across states and boards. Sawant said that amid the rising cases of COVID-19, there needs to be a common decision taken by the Union Ministry of Education to ensure that no student is at a disadvantage. The letter came after Maharashtra Minister (School Education) Varsha Gaikwad has hinted at the cancellation of Maharashtra Board Exams and assessment of students based on an alternative mode.

“A unilateral decision by any state would lead to the students of that particular state being at a disadvantage career and opportunity wise,” the former union minister wrote in his letter. He also asked for “urgent intervention” into the matter by Pokhriyal. “Your intervention would mean national consensus, instead of a unilateral decision from any particular state,” the letter read.

“All these students come in an age group that has not been allowed to be vaccinated by the Union Health Ministry. The exams due in a few days will have millions of students and their families, their teacher, invigilators, non-teaching staff at a high risk considering the virulence of the current pandemic,” the letter stated.

“There needs to be clear communication from the Ministry of Human Resource Development in terms of the exam across the country. I write this for the millions of young Indians who are due to appear for their school, college, university exams,” it added.

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Aligarh Muslim University Cancels Entrance Exams Due to COVID


The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has cancelled the entrance exams due to rising COVID-19 cases across the country. The AMU admission test 2021 was scheduled to be held from June 20 to July 11. The AMU entrance test is conducted in pen and paper-based mode.

“With rising COVID cases, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has canceled entrance examinations for session 2021-2022. A fresh entrance schedule will be uploaded soon by the university authorities on AMU’s official website,” the varsity said in an official notice.

AMU had recently issued strict guidelines regarding physical classes and access to campus. The varsity had not only asked all the employees over 45 years to get vaccinated but had restricted access to the campus for outsiders.

Other universities including DU, JNU, BHU have also followed similar norms. Just when campuses across India had started reopening with limited access, the covid-19 pandemic has hit again leading to further restrictions. Meanwhile, the UGC has now issued a new advisory for higher education institutes asking them to not only follow COVID-appropriate behavior but also set an example for others.

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KSET 2021 Postponed Till Further Notice


KSET 2021 postponed (Image by Shutterstock / Representational)

KSET 2021 postponed (Image by Shutterstock / Representational)

The exam that was scheduled on April 11 is postponed. The new date of the examination will be announced later

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Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) 2021 for assistant professor has been postponed till further notice. The exam was to be held on April 11. The new dates are yet to be announced. Candidates who clear KSET 2021 are eligible for recruitment for the post of assistant professor.

“The exam that was scheduled on April 11 is postponed. The new date of the examination will be announced later,” the University of Mysore, the exam conducting institute said in an official notice.

The test will be consisting of two papers. Both the papers will consist of only objective type Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). The paper I will consist of 50 objective-type compulsory questions each carrying two marks. The questions which will be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. In paper-II candidate will have to answer 100 objective-type questions each for two marks. This will be specific to the subject selected by the candidate. To pass the exam, students need to obtain at least 40 per cent aggregate marks in both paper-I and paper-II. For reserved category candidates, the passing marks are 35 per cent, taken both papers together.

The number of candidates to be qualified (total slots) for Eligibility for assistant professors will be equal to 6 per cent of the candidates who appeared in both the papers, as per rules.

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