CBSE Board Exam 2020-21: Latest News And Updates

From exams to results – catch all the latest news, buzz and updates around the CBSE board exam 2020-21 for Class 10 and 12, right here!

By Team ParentCircle  • 22 min read

CBSE Board Exam 2020-21: Latest News And Updates

Being equipped with the right and latest information around these all-important CBSE exams and syllabus will help you and your child be better informed and less stressed about it. So, from exams to results, ParentCircle is diligently tracking the latest CBSE notifications, major announcements, news and updates for the academic year 2020-21! Keep watching this space for more.

15 July: CBSE Class 10th results out, 91.46% cleared the exam

The results of CBSE Class 10 board exam 2020 are out, the total pass percentage is 91.46%. It is slightly higher than the last year. This year, list of toppers was not announced. Continuing the earlier trend, this year too, girls outperformed boys in the pass percentage. 93.31% of girls cleared the exam compared to 90.14% of boys. 

South regions continues to perform well with Thiruvananthapuram topping the list with 99.28% pass percentage. Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune regions followed with more than 98 pass percentage.

14 July: CBSE to declare Class 10 Board exam results on 15 July

CBSE has announced that the Class 10 Board exam 2020 results will be out on 15 July. The announcement was made by the minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Nishank with a tweet from his official twitter handle. Over 18 lakhs students have appeared for the exam. Students can check their results from the official website of the CBSE,, The result will all be available in the Umang app.

13 July: CBSE Class 12 results out, pass percentage is 88.78% 

CBSE has declared Class 12 board exam 2020. This year the pass percentage is 88.78 percent which is an increase of 5.38% than last year. CBSE has informed that the Class 12th results sent to all the schools and students can check from Umang App too. Among the regions, with 97.67% pass percentage, Trivandrum topped the list, while Bengaluru region comes second with 97.05%. The pass percentage for Chennai is 96.17%.   

8 July: CBSE reduces syllabus for Class 9 to 12 by 30 per cent 

In view of the current Covid-19 situation affecting classroom teaching time, CBSE has reduced the syllabus for the new academic year 2020-21. The minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Nishank announced that there will be a 30 per cent reduction in the CBSE syllabus for classes 9 to 12. The reduction in the syllabus was suggested by the NCERT. The NCERT made sure that the reduced syllabus will not hamper the learning process of the students and basic concepts of the subjects are retained.

In almost all the subjects, there has been some reduction in the syllabus.

In the notification, CBSE has also informed that the deleted portions of the syllabus should not be considered for the board exam or for internal assessment purposes.

The notification, however, urges the teachers to explain the deleted portions to students as it would help them to under the whole subjects better and they could connect these concepts with other related ones.

The reduced syllabus would be applicable to students of the 2020-21 batch.

Here are the reduced chapters:

For students of Class 10, Social Science, several chapters are deleted from the syllabus. Some of the removed chapters are on gender and religion and caste, forest and wildlife of India, democracy and diversity and popular struggles and movement and challenges to democracy.

For students of Class 11, English Core, some exercises like ‘write a letter to the editor’, and ‘apply for a job with a resume’ are dropped from the syllabus.

For students of Class 10, Science, chapters on basic concept of evolution and functioning of human eye has been removed.

In another important decision, CBSE has reduced the number of practical experiments as due to the current situation, these laboratory experiments would be difficult to conduct.

For students of Class 11, Political Science, chapters on federalism in the constitution, citizenship, secularism and nationalism have been removed from the syllabus.

For students of Class 12, the chapter on India’s foreign policy with the neighbouring countries has been dropped. Other chapters which are removed from the syllabus are: chapter on social movements, regional aspirations, the changing nature of India’s economic development along with one chapter on planning commission.

For students of Business Studies, chapters on demonetization, goods and services tax, globalization, liberalization and privatization are no longer in the syllabus.

For students of History, chapters on partition, peasants, zamindars are removed.

Detailed of the deleted sections are available on the official website of CBSE.

6 July: Facebook ties up with CBSE to educate students on digital safety

To help design the curriculum on digital safety and augmented reality (AR), the CBSE has partnered with the Facebook for Education initiative by the social media giant.

In partnership with Facebook, CBSE will provide online certificate programme for students. It would include training in augmented reality, digital safety, online well-being and Instagram Toolkit for teens. 

These programmes are opened for both students and teachers and registrations for the same have been opened on the Facebook Page of CBSE.

25 June: CBSE cancels all pending Class 10 exams

In an eagerly awaited announcement, CBSE informed the Supreme Court of India that it is cancelling all the pending board exams for 2020. The remaining exams for both class 10 and class 12 were previously scheduled to be held between July 1 and July 15. While all the remaining class 10 Board exams stand cancelled, CBSE class 12 exams are now optional. This means that if the CBSE decides to conduct the exams when the Covid-19 situation improves, students will be given the choice to appear for the Class 12 Board exams 2020, or be graded on the basis of their last three tests. The decision to cancel the exams has been taken in view of the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.

8 May: CBSE to conduct pending exams from July 1 to July 15

The minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced today that the pending CBSE exams for Class 10 and Class 12 will be conducted between July 1 and July 15.

CBSE is planning to conduct 27 exams which include 12 exams for Class 12 all across the country which were postponed due to surging cases of Covid-19 in March. It would also include exams for Class 10 for students of North-East Delhi who could not appear for the exam due to communal violence in the area.

19 March: CBSE 10th and 12th Board exams postponed due to coronavirus

CBSE has announced that the ongoing board exams for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed, for students both in India and abroad. This is being done as a precautionary measure and in compliance with instructions from the Secretary, Department of Higher Education/School Education and Literacy, Government of India. CBSE has also mentioned that these exams will be rescheduled after March 31, 2020.  

5 March: CBSE allows sanitisers, masks in exam centres

In the light of new cases of people affected by Coronavirus being confirmed in India, CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi has announced that students are permitted to use face masks and sanitisers in the examination centres. This announcement has been made after many requests from parents and schools, he added. 

26 February: CBSE postponed today's class 10 and 12 board exam in Northeast Delhi

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Tuesday that schools in the violence-prone region in Northeast Delhi will be closed on Wednesday. He also mentioned that internal examinations will be postponed for students. CBSE has also postponed the exams for today to prevent inconvenience to students. Class 10 exams have been postponed in the subjects of English Communicative, and English Language and Literature. For Class 12, the subjects are Web Application (Old), Web Application (New), and Media.

19 February: Permitted and Barred Items for CBSE Examinations

Here is the list of permitted and barred items in the exam hall for students taking the class X and XII CBSE Board exams.

17 February: CBSE plans to remove words like 'Failed' and 'Compartmental' in mark sheets

According to The Education Times, CBSE plans to replace the words ‘failed’ and ‘compartmental’ with other terms to lessen the impact of results on students. "The word ‘failed’ has negative connotations, and in a mark sheet can have adverse implications. "No student should be declared ‘failed’ since it does not denote his/her future prospects,” says Sanyam Bhardwaj, controller of examinations, CBSE. He also adds that CBSE may implement this plan in 2020 itself, if it comes through. 

16 February: Students participating in International Olympiads can take board exams later

The Controller of Examinations, Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj, has great news for students taking part in the International Olympiad Examinations. Students who are participating or representing the country for the recognised Olympiads, can take their board exams later (Between April 1 and 15). So, participants can now rejoice!

Read the circular here

15 February: CBSE board exams for Class 10 and 12 begin today

The CBSE board exams commence today. Nearly 18.89 lakh candidates are appearing for Class 10 exams (15 February to 20 March 2020) and 12.06 lakh for Class 12 exams (15 February to 30 March 2020). A total of 30 lakh children are appearing for their board exams this year. 

"As the CBSE Class 10 and 12 exams commence today, best wishes to all young Exam Warriors, their parents and teachers. I urge my young friends to appear for the exams in a happy and stress-free manner," the prime minister tweeted.

14 February: CBSE increases number of encrypted question papers

Encrypted question papers were introduced in 2018 to reduce the leaking of question papers. According to The Education Times, CBSE board has increased the number of encrypted question papers this year from 19 to 50. The board has also integrated online portals for a smooth assessment process. Further, photo tagging custodians and centre superintendents for safe collection and delivery of question papers and answer sheets, has been introduced this year. Students' admit cards have also been redesigned with QR codes. 

11 February: CBSE Chairperson writes a letter to students appearing for the board exams

CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal IAS has won the hearts of students and parents alike with her open letter to students before the board exams. She asks students to remember that schooling is not only about exams, but much more. She recalls her own days at school and talks about her perception of different subjects. "We adults do not get to where we are today by being good at every subject", she conveys. Anita also reminds students that marks are not everything and that all they need to follow their dreams is to give it their best shot!

Read her full letter here -

8 February: CBSE to hold webcast on exam rules on 10 Feb

CBSE to hold a live webcast on 10 February, before the commencement of the board exam 2020 that is to begin on 15 February. The webcast  aims to make the students and teachers aware of the latest exam guidelines, rules and regulations with regards to the board exam.

Officials from CBSE have instructed schools to make arrangements for the live webcast. Around 22, 500 schools will telecast the webcast. The teachers of class IX and XI have also been asked to participate in it. CBSE chairman Anita Karwal is expected to address the students and teachers, and there will be an exclusive question-answer round to address all the queries that anyone might have with regards to the exam rules.

1 February: CBSE announces teachers’ training programme ahead of board exams

CBSE conducts an annual teacher's training and orientation for the principals, vice principals and teachers of CBSE-affiliated schools. The training programmes are a part of CBSE's ardent effort to ensure that the board exams are conducted in an efficient and fair manner. It is an effort towards timely and error-free declaration of results. This year, 13,739 nodal examination trainers are participating in 77 training programmes.

31 January: CBSE announces psychological counselling for parents and students

From 1 February to 30 March 2020, CBSE will provide psychological counselling to Class 10 and 12 students and their parents! This move has been initiated to help students and their parents deal with stress during exam season.

The free-of-cost counselling sessions are available through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and telephone. You can call this toll-free number, 1800 11 8004, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day.

Apart from this, CBSE has plans to use popular social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to convey important messages, and to share tips, tricks and FAQs for the benefit of the students. 

27 January: CBSE announces relaxed exam norms for children of armed forces

CBSE announced that children of armed forces and paramilitary forces (who are fighting terrorism and left-wing extremism for the country), can now receive some relaxed exam rules.

These students can request for a change of their exam centre within the same city, or can request to shift the examination centre to a different city too.

In the event that students miss their practical exams, they can request for a different date and the same will be conducted as per their convenience by April 2, 2020.

Further, if students want to appear for a subject later than the scheduled date, they will be given permission to do so. Students need to apply for these special requests in advance to their respective schools.  

22 January: CBSE to allow calculators for students with special needs

CBSE announced that children with special needs can now use simple, basic calculators in the board exams. However, to avail the facility, the students must send in their requests to their respective schools by 28 January. The school authority will then forward the requests to the regional CBSE office.

20 January: CBSE announces the release of admit cards for Class 10 and Class 12 exams

Admit cards for CBSE 2020 exam has been released on 18 January for both regular and private students appearing for Class 10 and Class 12 exam. It has been released online at their respective school's login. The school authorities will print it out and keep it ready for the students. They can collect their admit cards from their schools.

02 January: CBSE announces that only students with 75% attendance can appear for the exams

CBSE announced that only students who have 75% attendance as on 01 January 2020, will be eligible to appear for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exam 2020. Students with less than 75% need to submit valid documents to explain their absence.

20 December: Number of students appearing for CBSE board exam 2020

A whopping 21,64,367 students from all over the country are expected to appear for the Class 10 board exams, and a total of 12,88,054 students for the Class 12 exams.

20 December: CBSE announces exam timings

The timings for both Class 10 and Class 12 exams have been finalised. On the days of the exam, the exams are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m and end by 1:30 p.m. Students appearing for the exam are asked to report at the examination centre by 10 a.m. The answer sheets will be distributed to the students at 10 a.m. The question papers will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10:15 am to 10:30 am, the students are expected to use the 15 minutes to read the questions thoroughly.

Important Dates For CBSE Class 10 Board Exams

1 January to 7 February 2020: CBSE Class 10 practical exams.

The practical exam for each subject is internally conducted by the schools.

15 February to 20 March 2020: CBSE Class 10 theory exams. 

The exams will begin with the skill subjects followed by the core subjects.

26 February, Wednesday: English 

29 February, Saturday: Hindi

4 March, Wednesday: Science 

12 March, Thursday: Mathematics Standard and Mathematics Basics 

18 March, Wednesday: Social Science

You can check out the complete date sheet from the CBSE website here.

Important Dates For CBSE Class 12 Board Exams

1 January to 7 February 2020: CBSE Class 12 practical exams 

15 February to 30 March 2020: CBSE Class 12 theory exams 

Here is the date sheet:

15 February, Saturday: Multimedia and Web technology, Mass media studies, Food production (IV), Understanding the evolution and forms of mass media, Retail Operations, Information storage and Retrieval, Introduction to hospitality management, Derivative market operations, Retail, Banking, Healthcare, Horticulture, Geospatial technology, Electrical technology, Cost accounting, Shorthand (Hindi)

17 February, Monday: Knowledge tradition & practices, Automotive, Financial Markets management, Beauty & Wellness, Agriculture, Insurance, Medical diagnostics, Auto engineering, Kathak dance, Bharatnatyam dance, Kuchipudi dance, Odissi dance, Kathakali dance

20 February, Thursday: CRTV and Com Prac MM, Database management applications, Painting, Graphics, Sculpture, App/Commercial art, Electrical appliances

22 February, Saturday: Psychology

24 February, Monday: Physical Education

25 February, Tuesday: Entrepreneurship, Office procedures and practices, Textile design, Traditional Indian textile

26 February, Wednesday: Web application (Old), Web application (New), Media

27 February, Thursday: English elective-N, English elective-C, English Core

28 February, Friday: Urdu elective, Sanskrit elective, National cadet corps, Urdu core, Sanskrit core, Engineering science, Front office operations, Air-conditioning & refrigeration, Design, Salesmanship

29 February, Saturday: Engineering graphics, Library and Information Science (Old), Typography and Computer Application Hindi (Old), Typography and Computer Application English (Old), Library system and resource management, Capital market operations, Typography and Computer applications (New), Electronic technology, Library and Information Science (New), Fashion studies, Printed textile

2 March Monday: Physics, Applied Physics

3 March, Tuesday: History

4 March, Wednesday: Marketing

5 March, Thursday: Accountancy

6 March, Friday: Political Science

7 March, Saturday: Chemistry

12 March, Thursday: Tourism

13 March, Friday: Economics

14 March, Saturday: Biology

16 March, Monday: Taxation, Carnatic Music Voc, Carnatic Music MEL INS, Hindustani music vocal, Hind Music Mel Ins, Hindustani Music Per Ins

17 March, Tuesday: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

18 March, Wednesday: Legal studies, Shorthand (English) (Old), Food Production III, Food production, Shorthand English (New)

19 March, Thursday: Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, Marathi, Gujarati, Manipuri, Malayalam, Odia, Assamese, Kannada, Arabic, Tibetan, French, German, Persian, Telugu-Telangana, Bodo, Tangkhul, Japanese, Bhutia, Spanish, Mizo, Bahasa Melayu

20 March, Friday: Hindi Elective, Hindi Core

21 March, Saturday: Informatics Prac (New), Computer Science (New), Information technology, Informatics Prac (Old), Computer Science (Old)

23 March, Monday: Geography

24 March, Tuesday: Business studies, Business administration

26 March, Thursday: Home science

28 March, Saturday: Biotechnology

30 March, Monday: Sociology

You can check out the complete date sheet here

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Written by Team ParentCircle on 31 January 2020; updated on 19 March 2020.  

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