India has seen a recent spike in the number of Coronavirus cases and is in no means about to recover soon. With a population of almost 40 million students, out of whom many were set to graduate this year, the pandemic, the lockdown, the social distancing all meant for the cancellation of exams for many among the 40 million students.
The lockdown began in India on 22nd March 2020, this was a time where many students were still appearing for their board exams with just a few papers left to let the burden off their shoulders. However, just like every activity in our daily lives was brought to an abrupt halt, the students’ exams had to be postponed as well. Throughout the course of the past three months, every single student in India has been in a state of constant frenzy, confusion, hope, and delusion. The prospect of no-exams seemed extremely pleasant to many but at the same time, there were plenty of students who wanted to write their finals if it meant that their result will not be based on their internal examinations since they performed poorly in them. The pending exams were set to be scheduled from 1st of July 2020 to 15th of July 2020, covering almost 40 subjects however due to the surge in an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in India, the educational boards in the country had to make another decision.
The wait finally came to an end on the 5th of June 2020 when the CBSC in ICSE board confirmed the news to the Supreme Court by scrapping the pending examinations of their 10th and 12th students.
While the exams may be canceled, students still have the liberty to make a choice. The criteria to make this choice however depends on whether you are a CBSE student or a CISCE student. Let us dive into details…
If you are CBSE student studying in class 10th then your only scenario is that all your remaining exams have been canceled and you do not have the option of appearing for any of the canceled exams later on in the year if you are not satisfied with your result.
However, if you are a class 12th CBSE student who happens to be unsatisfied with the result that will be announced in July, and wish to appear for the exam, then you can. The dates for students choosing to write the exam will be announced after the result declaration. This decision was made by the central board of secondary education by keeping in mind the safety of their faculty members, their students, their staff, and the parents of the students. Let us look at how evaluation of marks will be carried out in CBSE. The cancellation of the exam affects so much on 10th or 12th students.
Both class 10th and 12th students have the option of appearing for the papers which were not held if they are not satisfied with the result that is announced by the educational body, unlike CBSE which gives this option only to class 12th students. How the evaluation process of the marks will be carried out is not yet declared for CISCE students yet, but the board did announce it will be different than what CBSE has in store. The cancellation of the exam affects so much on 10th or 12th students.
Millions of students have rejoiced due to this news as it means they can let the steam off and maybe even enjoy the lockdown but darkness still looms for a few as the fate of the students who are set to appear for NEET and JEE exams is still not sealed, the same goes for students who are willing to enroll into colleges whose deadlines are near. Boards have reassured students that no student will be at a disadvantage due to the cancellation of the exams and necessary requests will be carried out by the boards through Supreme Court to appeal to the colleges asking them to extend their admission deadline date. One such example of this is the Delhi University which closes its annual admission for this year by July 4th of 2020, updates on the extension of this deadline are yet to be announced. The cancellation of the exam affects so much on 10th or 12th students.
As far as it goes for NEET and JEE exams it is likely that both these exams will be canceled or postponed and admission will be guaranteed solely on the basis of the board exam result or CBSE comes up with a new system of evaluation and admission, however since the news is not officially declared yet students must not cease preparation for these exams and still try to incorporate a few hours of learning every single day to be in touch with their academics and maybe even start applying for colleges that have started the admission procedure. In times like these, it is best to stay hopeful and optimistic but also have a touch of reality to avoid disappointment.