Representational image of students outside a CBSE exam centre in Delhi | Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Wednesday said the 2021 board exams will be conducted in “written mode” (pen and paper) and not online, amid much speculation.

The CBSE also said no final decision regarding the dates and other details has been taken so far, but that it is in consultation with various stakeholders.

“No final decision has been taken regarding the dates for conduct of board exams, and consultations with stakeholders are still in process. The exams, as and when they are conducted, will be in written mode and not in an online mode. The exams will be conducted following all Covid-19 protocols,” the CBSE said in a statement released Wednesday.

As reported by ThePrint earlier, CBSE and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the two boards that come under the Ministry of Education, have not yet decided the dates for board exam in 2021 and are holding consultations with other boards and officials in the education ministry to decide the same.

There was, however, some confusion among students on the mode of the exams — whether they’ll be held online or offline. Students and parents were raising questions about this on various online forums.

Alternatives to practical exams

The CBSE has also said it will look for alternatives to practical exams, as schools are currently closed and students do not have access to laboratories.

“In case a student is not able to do practicals in classes before the exams, alternative to practical exams will have to be explored,” the CBSE statement added.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is scheduled to interact with students via Twitter on 10 December. During this live interaction, he is expected to answer exam-related queries.

Ministry officials also said an announcement regarding the exam date and other details is likely to be made during or after the interaction.

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  1. Sir plz conduct exam online in roorkee there are very much casses so plz conduct online exam of 1 to8

  2. I have my 10th standard exams(board exam). I want to give offline exam otherwise everyone will cheat in exam And my dreams to beat the percentage of everyone in my society will automatically break because they will think that I had also given my exams by cheat in it.😒
    And if people who have afraid of COVID-19 so they should follow all rules And guidelines of COVID-19. In place of request for online exams.😏

  3. I am in 8th standard and school is saying that we have to give offline exam ….from the past 10 months we are taking online classes but why are the exams offline. We are not ready for it pls take online exams in Amritsar Punjab

  4. Sir I am In class 7 sir plz keep are exam online
    Sir it is totally unfair with us . And sir plz see are situation we are not ready for offline exam
    Sir And it is not safe to go school 🏫 sir.
    And sir schools are closed since 10 months
    And why schools are reopening only for 15 to 20 days and sir our uniforms are also getting small and sir we are not able to by new uniforms for only 12 to 20 days . Sir plz see to it .love and support from Me . I know you will take better decision for 1 to 8 CV class students

  5. Sir I am in class 9. Our exams would be offline. But sir it is not safe for everyone. We are not prepare for offline exams. I am requesting you please let us have the option for both Online as well as offline exams for class 9 and 11. Or else let it be completely online. Please it is a request.

  6. Sir,please see our situation we are not ready to give offline exams as in my school the course is not completed yet , sir if classes went online how can we give exams offline this is totally unfair .sir plz see our situation sir please.

  7. Sir plzz take 9th amd 11th exams online…. We are ntt ready for offline exams …… Plzz sirr we all request uhh too take online exams

  8. God…..does cbse has sense or not….how can we give offline exams…abhi taq hamara syllabus bhi complete nhi hua hai…and in this pandemic,how can we come to give offline exams..

  9. Sir, I know this time corona cases are decreasing because we all were inside our house but sir in starting also there were few cases of covid19 and it had been increasing day by day.
    And if this time when covid19 is controlling and if we start going school, it may once again increase cases of covid19.
    So, sir it’s a humble request please continue online classes and take online exams for our welfare and good health.
    And sir whole year there were online classes, so take online exams too.

  10. Pls tell Class 8th final exams will be online or offline. But pls keep online, We are not ready for offline exam.

  11. Sir please conducted online exam for class 10 because parents are not allowed in school due to corona and students are also not ready for exam

  12. Sir pls conduct online exams fir 9 and 11 bcoz this year many of the students has face many of the problems and 100 out of 80 percent students were not able to do exams ofline sir pls take 9 and 11 exams online

  13. Sir we are not ready at all . Doing so many cases of viruses. We have not read all that much and I do not think anyone wants to take less marks.

  14. Sir please conduct online exams for 9th and 11th as this year it was very difficult to study ,please sir it will be really difficult for us to give offline exams ,sir please understand our situation, other countries are also conducting online studies till now ,why only india is unique among this matter ,sir please conduct online exams for 9th and 11th


  15. Sir plz take online exam for class 9 and 11 as this pandemic situation is very bad as these are not as imp. as board exams. So plz take it online by seeing the increasing cases of covid

  16. Sir please conduct online exams for 9th and 11th as this year it was very difficult to study ,please sir it will be really difficult for us to give offline exams ,sir please understand our situation, other countries are also conducting online studies till now ,why only india is unique among this matter ,sir please conduct online exams for 9th and 11th

  17. Pls sir it’s really tough to score good in board exam.we are not ready to give pen and paper exam on school in such difficult time ! Actually we are not ready for this pls do something and care about us . A humble request from board students!

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