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CBSE exams 2017: ‘Too less time to focus on entrances,’ say students on class 12 date sheet

With exams for subjects like Economics and Hindi occurring in the later half of April, teachers are worried about how to keep the students engaged in preparation.

Written by Manasa Durgavajjhala | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2017 2:54 pm
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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday released the date sheets for class 12 and 10 examinations. The board exams, which generally take place from the first date of March, have been pushed back a week due to the elections. The exams will carry on till the end of April. The delay and the extension of dates have drawn mixed reactions from teachers and students.

The chief concern for many is that the postponement would shorten the time required to prepare for the entrance examinations for various undergraduate courses across streams. Most of these entrance exams are scheduled to start in April, May and June. While NEET 2017 is likely to held in May, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) is slated to take place on April 2, 2017.

Also read: CBSE Class 10 and 12 exams 2017 postponed to March 9 due to elections

“Now we have just one week to prepare for the JEE mains while last year, there were flat two weeks,” says Ankita D, a Class 12 science student, from Ryan International School, Noida. She also said that science students with computer electives have only two days to prepare for it. “But it is manageable,” she added.

Palak Bhandari, another student from Class 12, expressed her concern for the delay and the little time they would have after the exams to study for entrance exams. Being from the commerce stream, she complained that the date sheet could have been better arranged.

“We have eight days for Business studies (B.St.), 19 days for economics, but only three days for Maths — the toughest of all the subjects,” she said. She suggested that the dates for mathematics and business studies exams should be switched.

The economics paper is scheduled for April 17, 2017, which bites into the days required to study for entrances to be conducted in May. With exams for subjects like Economics and Hindi occurring in the later half of April, teachers, too, are worried about how to keep the students engaged in preparation.

Also read: CBSE Class 12 exams 2017 datesheet released- check here

“The Hindi paper is listed on April 22 and instead of concentrating on that my students will have their attention drawn towards the university entrances,” says R Rangarajan, a teacher at DTEA Senior Secondary School in Delhi. The principal, Raji Kamalasanan, expressed similar concerns and said that the exams have been extended for too long a period.

“How long can a student keep up the preparation momentum?” she asked, “Unless the board exams are over, children can’t peacefully concentrate on competitive exams.”

Other students, however, are quite satisfied with the date sheet and say they are glad that the papers have been delayed as it gives them more time to prepare. Riya Bansal, a class 12 student from the humanities stream, said they had enough time to prepare between each exam.

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    Charan Harsha
    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:44 am
    We had no time for informatics practices as it is to be scheduled on 27 th and we have only one day to prepare for it rest all we had enough time for PCME taking I.P
    1. I
      Jan 13, 2017 at 4:56 am
      economics paper on 17 th and NATA enterence paper on 16 th. how is possible for children studying outside India to do both . Without nata we can't get admission to any architecture course .... at least give a gap in between so we can go to India do the NATA and come back to do the economics paper ...
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        Priyanshu Kumar
        Jan 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm
        Dear ankita, no one can prepare itself for jee entrance exam in few weeks, so it is not issue of concern
        1. S
          Jan 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm
          I think everything is manageable but for computer science there is only a day ....this is not fair as fr studs having bio have 10 days ...lt;br/gt;It would have been better if exams would started from Feb end.
          1. R
            Jan 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm
            Please try winding up the board exams by march end.we actually don't need such a long gap between exams like accountancy and economics.it is very difficult to concentrate on an exam which falls after 18-19days of gap.especially for commerce students who are aspiring to write the IIT hsee which is going to be held on 16/04/2017,(day previous to our economics exam).please. it would be a great favour if the time table is rescheduled.
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