Board examinations of classes 10 and 12 starting on 24 April
The exams will be administered in two shifts for both classes 10 and 12. Whilst the first shift begins at 8:00 AM and lasts until 11:15 AM, a further shift is between 14:00 and 17:15 pm.
The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board announced on Wednesday that class 10 and 12 exams would begin on 24 April. Though class 10 Board examinations will continue until 10 May, class 12 examinations will end on 12 May.
With Covid’s guidelines in mind, there will be special arrangements for over 56 lakh students, officials said.
The tests will take place in two stages for Class 10 and Class 12. As the first shift starts at 08:00 and lasts until 11:15, a second shift takes place between 14 and 17:15.
“It is certainly a massive task considering the number of the students who will be present for the tests, but all arrangements have been made according to the Covid guidelines and protocols,” said Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma of Uttar Pradesh.
Sharma added that in contrast to previous years, the government has increased the number of examination centers by 10%. The curriculum was drawn up to complete all high-school exams in just 12 days and intermediate assessments in 15 days.
When asked whether a few students would have to take two tests a day, he said that the schedule had been fixed so that opportunities were rare.
Close to 56 lakh students – almost 30 lakhs from schools and 26 lakh from middle schools – will be present at the examinations. Among them, almost 14 lakhs are students of girls.