Announcing the date sheet, deputy chief minister who also holds the education portfolio, said the high school examination will end in 12 working days while the intermediate will end in 15 days. Last year too, the exams, both class 10 and 12 were completed in the same duration of time.
Last year, the UP board exams began on February 18. The class 10 exams ended on March 3 and class 12 ended on March 6. In fact, UP was among the first states where exams ended much before the lockdown was induced in wake of coronavirus. The Covid-19 pandemic which forced shutdown of schools for almost 7 months led to exams being delayed by almost two months. Schools for classes 9 to 12 restarted from October 18, 2020.
As per the time-table for 2021 exams, the first exam for class 10 students will be of Elementary Hindi and for class 12, it will be of General Hindi. This year in the high school exam, a total of 29.9 lakh examinees, including 16.7 lakh boys and 13.2 lakh girls have registered. For the intermediate exam, a total of 26.1 lakh examinees, including 14.7 lakh boys and 11.3 lakh girls have registered. Overall, over 56 lakh examinees, comprising 31.5 lakh boys and 24.5 lakh girls, have filled forms for high school and intermediate examinations.
The figures are marginally less than last year when 56.1 lakh registered for the exam. Among the total, 30.2 lakh had registered for class 10 and 25.8 lakh had registered for class 12.
Urging students to prepare themselves for the exams with a positive frame of mind, Sharma said the timely announcement of the date sheet will give sufficient time to the students.