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Class X, XII CBSE exams to start on March 5

10 January 2018

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), with its change of exam formats and debates over marks "normalistaion", does not really help frayed nerves.

The worries for students appearing for this year's board exams seem to be soaring high as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is yet to announce the dates for the examination. The date sheets for class 10 and 12 will only be released on the official website.

The board has released the date sheets for the examinations.

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Next year, the practical exams for both class 10 and 12 will be conducted from January 16, CBSE had instructed all the schools in a circular. For now, what we know is that the exams would be held in March 2018. Here is the complete schedule for class 10 exams.

The board is reportedly planning to sum up the examination in a month, thus giving enough time to teachers to evaluate answer sheets, according to The Indian Express. Meanwhile, schools in the city are waiting for an official release from the board.

The CBSE Class XII exam will end on April 12, 2018 with HOME SCIENCE as the last paper. The ICSE exams are starting from February 26, 2018, while the ISC exams (theory papers) are starting from February 12, 2018. It is usually out by now which is why the students are tensed about the change from the expected schedule i.e. the exams will begin after Holi on March 5.

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Last year, the CBSE had made a decision to scrap its marks moderation policy after the exams had already been conducted. "Moderation" is the process through which the board gives extra marks to students for subjects that had had a tricky question paper, and to adjust for the difficulty levels in different sets of question papers.

This news is still not confirmed by the board itself but is claimed by many sources.

Lalitha Singh, a parent says, "After the academic year began, the talk of restarting the boards began".

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The moderation policy has been criticised as artificial inflation of scores, which not only prevents students from finding out their actual performance, but also leads to the insane cut-off competition witnessed every year, where some courses in the Delhi University see their cut-offs touch 100 per cent. However the schools did not receive any timely instructions from the board.

Class X, XII CBSE exams to start on March 5