The government of India cancelled the Class 12 Board Examination for 2021 in a high-level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.  


The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused enough chaos in the country for the past few months. Class 12 board exams have already been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year while the Class 10 board exams have been cancelled. But the pandemic situation is still considerable.

Cancellation of CBSE Class 12 Exams

A special meeting was conducted, chaired by our honourable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, 1 June 2021. The meeting was attended by several ministers including Prakash Javadekar, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Nirmala Sitharaman. The main agenda of this meeting was to decide on Class 12 Board exams. 


Finally, it was decided that CBSE Class 12 exams will not be conducted this year as we cannot compromise with the health of our youth. “COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of Board Exams has been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end. Students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation,” said PM Modi. 


The decision has been taken in the interest of the students. Conducting Class 12 exams can result in increasing the number of coronavirus cases throughout the nation which we do not certainly want now. Therefore, it was essential to cancel the board examination this year. 

How will Class 12 Results be prepared now?

The assessment criteria for Class 12 Results has not been finalised yet. But it is proposed that CBSE should take appropriate steps to compile Class 12 results in a time-bound manner. A criterion has been adopted for Class 10 results where the performance of the student in various tests and assessments will be considered for their final results. CBSE might take into account the same method for Class 12 board exam results. However, the final decision is yet to be made. 

Can you still appear in the Class 12 board exams?

A decision has been made in the meeting held on Tuesday that if a student desires to appear in the board exams they will be given the option to do so. CBSE will have to make the necessary arrangements once the pandemic situation is under control and examination can be conducted without any trouble.

CBSE Class 12 exams cancelled: Reactions

While #cancelboardexams2021 is trending on Twitter for quite a time now, everyone is supporting PM Modi’s decision of cancelling the board exams this year. 


Mr Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi said that it is a big relief for him that Class 12 board exams are cancelled now. Earlier, Mr Kejriwal demanded that the Class 12 board examination should not be conducted until every student gets the vaccination. He also suggested that students should be assessed based on past performance as it is impossible to conduct the board exams in such havoc. 


The Delhi University also showed support for the decision taken by the government of India regarding the cancellation of board exams. Mr Rajiv Gupta, Delhi University’s Chairperson for Admission said that DU looks forward to the decision regarding the declaration of results. 


Mrs Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan also welcomed the decision of cancellation of Class 12 board exams. She tweeted that cancelling the board examination shows the empathetic nature of the government and she appreciates the decision taken to protect the students from the pandemic. 


Mr Shivaraj Singh, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh declared that the results for Class 12 board exams will be based on the internal assessments and no Class 12 board examination will be conducted in MP. Similarly, almost every state has declared that there will be no Class 12 board exams conducted this year. 


The students, parents and teachers are now eagerly waiting for the declaration of assessment criteria for Class 12 students. What do you think about this decision taken by the government of India? Is it right to cancel Class 12 board exams? If you need any further guidance on what you must do next, contact our academic counsellors right now. The askIITians team is here to assist you at every step. 

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