CBSE Board Exams to be Held Twice a Year from 2025-26; Confirmed

Students’ progress will now be measured based on their understanding and competencies for the 2025 academic session.

<red> February 21st, 2024 <red>

CBSE Board Exams to be Held Twice a Year from 2025-26

The new curriculum framework was launched on August 23rd, 2023, by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The framework also acknowledged how the board exams will be held twice a year, but when the new framework will be implemented wasn’t confirmed.

At an event in Chattisgarh on February 19th, 2024, the union minister confirmed that the implementation of board exams occurring twice a year will continue from the 2025-26 academic session for Classes 10 and 12.  The new framework is launched to reduce stress in learning and put emphasis on competency achievement. 

<red> October 8, 2023 <red>

Appearing for Board Exams Twice a Year will not be Necessary

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

In a conversation with PTI (Press Trust of India), Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, said - “Appearing for Class 10 and 12 board examinations twice a year will not be mandatory and the concept is being introduced as an option to reduce students' stress caused by the fear of having only opportunity”

<red> August 23rd, 2023 <red>

New Curriculum Framework Launched by the Union Education Ministry for Classes 10 and 12

The Union Education Ministry launched a new curriculum framework on August 23, 2023, with a New Education Policy that board exams will be held at least twice a year. The reason for this new framework is to measure students’ progress and performance based on their understanding and achievement of competencies instead of rot learning.

As per the New Curriculum Framework:

  • Students can appear for exams they feel ready and prepared for and have the choice to retain the best score amongst both exams.
  • Class 11 and 12 now have to study two languages and one Indian language is compulsory.
  • Class 11 and 12 students will get the flexibility to choose and not restrict themselves to Science, Commerce, and Humanities.
  • Board exam evaluators and developers need to go through university-certified courses before getting assigned this work.
  • School boards have to develop “on-demand” capabilities in the future.
  • New textbooks are being developed based on 2024 academic sessions.
  • Textbook costs to be optimized and covering textbooks in the classroom will be avoided.

The new framework is introduced to provide students with time for preparation. The aim is to get students to understand the concept and use those related skills, abilities, and knowledge to effectively perform in any setting. 

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