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The CBSE has established a split system with two terms for the 2021-22 academic year: Term-I board exams were held in November-December last year, while Term-II exams are set to begin on April 26. It has been learned that the Term-II exams will be given additional weight.

According to Ministry of Education sources, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to restore the pre-pandemic single-exam structure for the coming academic year, which means the Class X and XII board exams will not be broken into two parts.

The CBSE has established a split system with two terms for the 2021-22 academic year: Term-I board exams were held in November-December last year, while Term-II exams are set to begin on April 26. It has been learned that the Term-II exams will be given additional weight.

The decision was made after the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of board exams for the 2020–21 academic year. Previous tests, practical exams, and internal assessments were used to evaluate students.

According to a senior official, after hearing from schools, the board decided to restore the single-exam schedule. 

In terms of curriculum rationalisation, however, CBSE will stick to the policy it has been following for the past two years, which has resulted in a 30% reduction in the syllabus. “The NCERT will send us the details of the rationalisation, after which we will make an announcement.” Schools can teach the reduced curriculum using existing textbooks, according to the official.

To “remove the high-stakes component of board exams,” the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 suggests that all students be permitted to take the board exams up to two times every academic year “one major test and one for development.”

According to the NEP, board exams will be modified to support holistic development to counteract the negative consequences of the current evaluation system.

Across the country, there are 26,152 CBSE-affiliated schools.

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