A little less than 3 million students of the two classes across the country have registered for the examinations. According to CBSE guidelines, the schools have to conduct the practical exams from mid-January and complete it by January 31.
According to the CBSE, about 16.38 lakh students have registered for the Class 10 examination while another 11.86 lakh students are enrolled for the Class 12 exam. This is the first CBSE board examination after the board scrapped the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation that had been widely criticised for its system of optional tests and automatic promotion.
The Class 10 board examinations had earlier been discontinued in 2009. According to the exam date-sheet, the Class 10 exam will end on 4 April but most students will be able to wrap up the exams by March end.
CBSE had earlier announced that the Class 10 and Class 12 exams would be held in March but had not specified the exact dates.
About 19,300 schools in India and 211 schools in 25 countries are affiliated to the CBSE. These include 1,118 central schools, 2,734 government or aided schools, 14,860 independent schools and 590 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, the residential schools funded by the central government.