Central Board of Education (CBSE), which is responsible for holding the examinations of 10th and 12th board across a number of schools across the country, has released the date sheet for board exams to be held for the academic session 2018-19.
CBSE declared the date sheet for Class 10th and 12th on Sunday, 23rd December. It is the earliest ever the date sheet has been released. Usually, the date sheet got announced in the month of January, it was 4 years ago that the date sheet was announced in the month of December.
According to CBSE, the exams will start in the month of February for both 10th and 12th. The 12th Board Exams start from Friday, 15th February 2019 till Wednesday, 3rd April 2019. The 10th Board Exams will start from Thursday, February 21st, 2019 till Friday, 29th March 2019. The links for the Date sheet is provided below:
Date Sheet for Class 10th- http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/circulars/2018/Class-X_datesheet.pdf
Date Sheet for Class 12th- http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/circulars/2018/Class-XII_dt_sheet.pdf
The February examinations are for the vocational subjects. Core subjects like Mathematics, Business Studies, Sociology, Physics, etc. will continue to be held in the month of March.
The CBSE has also announced some changes in the pattern of the English examination from 2019 onwards. Since it was difficult for every student to complete the English exam on time, hence the changes have been introduced based on the feedback given by the people during the meetings of Committee of Courses of the Board and subject experts.
- Now instead of three passages, there will be only two passages in Section A (Reading).
- Of the two passages, there would be 5 MCQs, 9 very short answer type questions and 13 short answer type questions from passage 1.
- There will be 2 long answer questions related to passage two.
- The total number of questions have been reduced from 24 to 19 in Section A (Reading).
- Total Marks attributed to Section A is 30 marks.
- The total number of questions in the question paper has been reduced from 40 to 35.
“While preparing the date sheet, the admission schedule of Delhi University has also been considered,” said Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations. Also, the general elections in India might also be a factor behind the early examinations this year.
The board has also kept in mind the Delhi University admission schedule as per orders of the Delhi high court that Delhi University should fix the cut-off dates for admission to undergraduate courses only after CBSE results are declared including the result for re-evaluation.
Results will be declared by the first week of June, said Mr. Bhardwaj.