CBSE Class 10, 12 Practical Exam 2021 – Guidelines/SOPs to conduct the examination

The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has released the guidelines to conduct the Practical Exam for classes 10th and 12th. In a letter addressed to the Principals and Heads of Schools affiliated with CBSE, the board has laid out the dates for conducting the practical examinations as well as the guidelines SOPs/ that have to be followed by the schools for this year.


Guidelines to conduct the Practical Exam 2021

  • The board has directed the schools to conduct the practical exam for class 10 and 12 from March 1, 2021. In the wake of covid 19 situation, CBSE has allowed the schools to complete the practical exams by the last date of the theory exams of the particular class.
  • The CBSE this year has insisted that the practical examinations may be re-conducted for students who are absent in the first instance. All such exams, however, must be completed before June 11, 2021.
  • Like previous years, this year too the practical exams would be conducted by an external examiner. A board appointed observer as well as an internal examiner would also be present.
  • Marks of the practical examinations conducted have to be immediately uploaded to the app by the schools. All marks – including for the students who were absent, have to be uploaded 

Apart from these guidelines, the board has also laid out SOPs and COVID safety protocols for the practical examinations. 

SOPs for the Practical Examinations

  • Practical labs have to be sanitized with the solution of 1% sodium hypochloride after conduct of each batch of practical exams
  • Schools must provide hand sanitizers at the laboratory
  • Students must be educated about the safety protocols and advised to carry their own sanitizers, wear masks at all times and also carry their own water bottle
  • A batch of 25 students could be sub-divided in two sub-groupd to ensure proper social distancing
  • Students must immediately leave the school after the practical exams are conducted
  • Exhaust fans are to be switched on and doors/windows of laboratories kept open during the examination
  • During Viva voice, student and examiner should be facing in the same direction and not at each other
  • Students are required to wash hands before and after the conduct of the practical examination

The board has emphasised on strict compliance of the guidelines issued. A fine of Rs. 50,000 for non-compliance of instructions would be levied on the schools, if found to be in breach.