Fewer days for last-minute preparations or more to enjoy holidays — students may be divided in their views but the Class X and XII examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will start early this year.
With practical exams starting earlier this month, the theory papers for Indian School Certificate (ISC) — the test for Class XII students — will begin with Hindi on February 14.
Breaking the usual trend, where the ISC exams start on February 28 or March 1 and continue till first week of April, the decision to bring the schedule forward was taken in view of the festivals of Holi and Easter falling on March 27 and 31, respectively.
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), the Class X board exam, will, however, start from February 27 with mathematics as the first hurdle, replacing English which has been the norm.
In previous years, the council had to wait for a week before resuming the papers for the holidays (Holi and Easter) at the end of March.
The council also did not want Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) aspirants to take extra pressure with entrances for IIT slated in April.
“We discussed the schedule at the principals’ meeting in Calcutta last year and this year has been an exception because the festivals, especially Holi and Easter, are in the last week of March. If the council had come out with the usual schedule, the exams would have continued till April, making it difficult for JEE examinees,” said Puneeta Chauhan, principal of Hill Top School in Jamshedpur.
In the steel city, 2,500-odd students from over 20 schools will appear in ISC, besides 3,500-plus from 29 schools in ICSE. All the exams in schools will be complete by March 25.
Father Ajit Khess, the principal of St Xavier’s, Ranchi, said, “Both ISC and ICSE exams have been preponed, as the council decided to lessen the pressure on students. Generally, there are a number of holidays in March. Also, entrances start from the first week of April.” “Practical exams for ISC began at our school from February 4,” he said.
In the capital, about 1,500 students are expected to write ISC exams in six centres. For ICSE, there are 28 centres for roughly 3,500 students.