Practical for CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 to be held in School Labs

CBSE Controller of Examinations, Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj has recently announced that the CBSE Board Exam 2021 practical exams for class 12 and 10 would be conducted in schools labs, as usual, and not in O-Labs. The announcement has been made to clear the confusion caused by multiple reports on social media. 


Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj recently conducted a meeting with the select Principals of CBSE affiliated schools to clarify the many points in regards to the upcoming Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021. In the meeting, he discussed the mode of practical exams, paper pattern, exam dates and other pressing concerns.


The minutes of the meetings were also circulated by the board’s regional centres with the various coordinators.  


Important Points of the meeting 

  • CBSE Class 10, 12 Practical examination would be conducted after the schools reopen. No dates have been shared as yet and would be done in due course of time
  • Paper pattern and typology for the question papers would remain the same as depicted in the # Typology of question paper will be the same as the CBSE sample papers now available on
  • No further reduction in syllabus for the board exams 2021 being planned
  • CBSE Board practical examinations would be conducted at the schools as usual and external examiner would be present
  • No circular issued for online practical examinations or conducting practical exams in O Lab – examinations would be conducted at school labs as usual
  • CBSE Board Exam 2021 would not be conducted at self-centres or ‘own schools’ – the board would instead increase significantly the number of Exam Centres
  • No more than 12 students would be allowed to be seated in a class for the board exam 2021
  • On CBSE 2021 Date Sheet, he clarified that the same would be published later and that the dates of examination will be declared only in consultation with  stakeholders. CBSE would also be giving ‘sufficient time for preparation’.
  • Three sets of question papers with the same difficulty level will be supplied. In case any set is found to be of a higher difficulty level, moderation will be considered.
  • No change in marking scheme for Class 10 – would remain the same as 80+ 20 where 80 marks for external or theory paper and 20 for the internal evaluation.


Apart from these points, he also shared that CBSE would be releasing new software for the schools to manage the exams. 


In the end he has also urged everyone to only refer to the official website when it comes to information regarding the upcoming board examinations.