HRD Ministry Directs CBSE to Promote Class 1 to 8 Students to Next Class, Board Exams for Only Main Subjects to be Conducted

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced on 1st April 2020 in a press meeting that CBSE will conduct the class 10 and 12 board exams for only 29 main subjects. These main subjects will be those which are crucial for promotion and admission of students to higher educational institutions. On the same day, late in the evening, CBSE has notified the same information through a press release. CBSE has directed the schools to promote class 1 to 8 students to the next exam. The board has further mentioned that the Result of Class 9 and 11 students can be decided by the school itself.

Here we are providing the highlights of the press release. Go through it to know the complete details. Students can also read the complete notification by downloading the official pdf from the link below.

Press Release About Board Exam and Results of Class 1 to 8 Students:- Download PDF Here

Highlights of the Press Release – Board Exam and Results of Students

In view of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances of the worldwide spread of COVID-19 and the countrywide lockdown, the Board advises/informs all schools affiliated to the Board to follow the following instructions:

1) For Classes 1 to 8:

All students studying in classes 1 to 8 may be promoted to the next class/grade. This advisory is being issued in consultation with NCERT.

2) For Classes 9 and 11:

All schools affiliated to CBSE are advised to promote students of grades 9 and 11 to the next grades on the basis of all the school-based assessments including project work, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far. For any child who is unable to clear this internal process, (in any number of subjects), the school may utilise this period for providing remedial interventions, and school may give the opportunity of appearing in school-based test/s, online or offline. The promotion of such children may be decided on the basis of such tests.

3) Schedule for Class 10 and 12 Board Exams:

With regard to rescheduling board examinations for classes 10 and 12, it is informed that at this stage it is difficult for the Board to decide and announce the new schedule for examinations. However, it is informed that any decision that the board will take regarding the conduct of examination, it will give a notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board exams.

4) Subjects for Board Exams:

The Board will conduct examinations for only 29 main subjects that will be required for promotion and crucial for the admission of the students in higher educational institutions. For the rest of the subjects, the Board will not hold examinations; the instructions for marking/assessment in all such cases shall be separately issued by the Board.

The list of 29 Main Subjects for which Board exams to be conducted is mentioned below:

Sr. No.

Subjects of class 10 for which exams will be held

Subjects of class 12 for which exams will be held

To be conducted for whole of India To be conducted for North East Delhi To be conducted for whole of India To be conducted for North East Delhi
1 Nil Hindi Course A Business Studies English Elective – N
2 Hindi Course B Geography English Elective -C
3 English Comm Hindi (Elective) English Core
4 English Lang & Lit Hindi (Core) Mathematics
5 Science Home Science Economics
6 Social Science Sociology Biology
7 Computer Science (Old) Political Science
8 Computer Science (New) History
9 Information Practice (Old) Physics
10 Information Practice (new) Accountancy
11 Information Technology Chemistry
12 Bio-Technology
Total Nil 6 12 11

5) CBSE Schools in Foreign Countries:

The Board has decided to not hold any more exams for the students of class 10 and 12 schools located outside India. The system of marking/assessment for the purpose of declaring results will be worked out by the Board shortly and informed to these schools.

6) Evaluation Work:

The instructions for evaluation, and dates for restart of evaluation work in various evaluation centres in the country can not be announced at this stage. However, the Board will give 3-4 days’ notice to restart the evaluation work, which may be noted by all the Chief Nodal Supervisors, Head Examiners, Evaluators, Coordinators, etc. of Evaluation Centers.

7) Avoid Rumours:

To avoid being misled by rumours, All are requested to check for latest developments only on the Board’s website, that is or its social media site.

8) Schools to Inform All Students:

All schools are requested to ensure that this information is disseminated to all concerned students by the respective schools.

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