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CBSE date dilemma for examinees
- Candidates preparing for entrance & competitive tests complain of extra burden

The CBSEs decision to change the dates of several Class XII examinations to avoid a clash with the Lok Sabha polls has upset the schedule of many students, who were planning to concentrate solely on competitive exams once the boards got over.

The central boards exams, which had started from March 1, were originally supposed to get over on April 17. But as per the new fixture, the exams would now drag on till April 25, which means that many of the examinees, who will be appearing for engineering and other entrance tests, will have to prepare simultaneously for both.

Principals of Ranchi schools, who received the revised schedule only this week, are naturally concerned.

Of course, it goes without saying that students will suffer as now they have to be prepare for both the board and competitive examinations at the same time. Moreover, sudden alterations in exam dates also affect the students psychologically as they are caught off guard, pointed out M.K. Sinha, principal of DAV-Kapil Dev.

Some of the competitive examinations scheduled this month are JEE Main (April 6), SRM Entrance Exam (April 27), NDA exam (April 20) and WBJEE, which has also fallen on April 20.

Harsh Mishra, a science student of DAV-Kapil Dev, rued that he would have to rework his timetable after the date changes.

I had divided my preparation time between CBSE and competitive exams and settled into a pattern. But that rhythm has been disturbed and I had to again reschedule my timetable, said the student, who is appearing for his papers at Surendranath Centenary School.

Harsh will take the JEE-Main on April 6, the entrance test of Vellore Institute of Technology on April 16 and WBJEE on April 20.

Rahul Kumar, another science examinee from the same school, agreed.

I had devoted three hours to revising for the boards and six for preparing for the entrance tests. The new CBSE schedule has upset my planning. But I have decided to concentrate only on competitive examinations and not waste time on too much revision, he said.

In Jharkhand, where 38,799 students are appearing for CBSE Class XII exam this year, the exam dates would have clashed with the polls on April 10 and April 17. Four of the states 24 districts will vote on April 10, six on April 17 and the rest on April 24.