The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is an autonomous body which works under the supervision of the Ministry of Human Resource Department. It is the national education board of the country for public and private schools. Currently, the chairman of the board is Manoj Ahuja.
The name ‘Central Board of Secondary Education’ was given in the year 1952 and the board was reconstituted in the year 1962. Affiliations to various schools are given by the Board and all of these affiliated schools have to follow the NCERT curriculum. There has been very fast growth and expansion of the CBSE Board at the level of secondary education yielding in improved quality and standard of education in the schools. In the year 1962, the board had 309 schools and now the number of schools has increased to 21,271 schools in India and 228 schools in 25 foreign countries.
The main objective of CBSE is to provide quality education in an efficient manner and be responsive to the educational needs of those students whose parents are working in the Central Government who gets frequently transferred. The board maintains the educational standards of the institutions by regularly monitoring the activities of the regional offices that are set up by the CBSE. The regional offices are responsible for taking care of the day-to-day administration of the affiliated schools.
Every year in the month of February and March, the board holds the centralized examinations for classes 10th and 12th which are called All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) and All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) respectively.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board holds the class 10th and class 12th examinations every year. This year 2021, the class 10th and class 12th examinations have been cancelled due to the ongoing corona virus pandemic. The results of class 10th, 12th will be released in July 2021.
Previously, CBSE board examinations of class 10th and class 12th were to be held between May 4 and June 14, 2021. The date sheets for the theoretical examinations were released on February 2and then it was again revised on March 5. The admit cards were to be given to students 10-15 days before the examinations. The practical examinations 2021 were conducted by the board from March 1 but it had to be cancelled later.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdowns, the academic session 2020-21 started late and classes were conducted on online mode. Because of this, the board reduced the CBSE syllabus 2021 for classes 10th and classes 12th by 30 percent.
Last year, the class 10th board examinations were held from February 15 till March 20, and class 12th board examinations 2020 was held between February 15 and March 30. The examinations which got postponed due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus were cancelled later on. The pass percentage of class 10 was 91.46 per cent and 88.78 per cent for class 12.
What’s new in CBSE Examinations 2021?
The CBSE board slashed the CBSE Syllabus 2021 by 30 percent due to the COVID19 pandemic and extended lockdowns which led to a delay in the commencement of the academic session. It is planning to further reduce the syllabus.
There is always stress when one prepares for class 12 board examinations. On top of that, thousands of CBSE students preparing for their board examinations across the country had another problem to encounter. The big question was- how to travel to the examination centers? Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many students who were studying in residential schools had to return to their hometowns, while many students got stuck in cities away from their examination centers.
Thus, the Ministry of Human Resources announced that those students who had to move to other states or districts will now have the option to appear in class 10 and class 12 board examinations from there. This was stated by HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, “I have advised @cbseindia29 to shift your examination centre to your current district. Kindly get in touch with your respective schools for further information.”
This news came as a huge relief to all those students who had to move to other places due to the ongoing pandemic situation. In order to ease the examination process and to maintain social distancing norms, the board added 10,000 new centres to the existing 3,000 examination centres across the country. Prior to cancellation of CBSE class 12th board examinations, it was decided between the different education ministers that CBSE class 12 board examinations 2021 will be held between July 15 and August 26 following Covid-19 safety protocols. CBSE gave two options for the board examinations- either conduct examinations for the main 19 subjects only and at notified examination centres, or conduct 90minute examinations for all subjects at the home schools of students.