CBSE Board Class 10th & 12th Exam Date Sheet 2021 Released

CBSE Class 10th, 12th Exam Date Sheet 2021: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will release the date sheets of classes 10 and 12 exams. The exams are scheduled to be held from May 4 to June 10. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released the datasheet through a video message and wished students for the exams. The datasheet is available now at

In 2020, exam schedule was of 45 days, however, in 2021 exam schedule is of 39 days. Accordingly, six days less is taken to conduct the exams in 2021. However, the board claims to have given “sufficient” time between exams of two main subjects to help students prepare.

CBSE 10th Exam Pattern 2021

A brief overview of the changes in CBSE Class 10th board exam pattern

  1. Increase in internal choices in the question paper

CBSE has increased the number of internal choices in the question paper. There will be 33% of internal choice in all the sections of the question paper for all subjects. Students will now have more options on which question to answer, to choose from.

  1. Introduction of Objective Type Questions

The CBSE officials have now introduced Objective Type Questions in all the subjects in CBSE class 10th examinations.

There will be 25% of Objective Type Questions in each question paper for each subject, which means that out of the 80 marks assigned to the theory paper of a subject, 20 marks will be assigned to Objective Type Questions. Subjective questions will carry the remaining 60 marks.

There will be a total of 6 types of Objective Type Questions:

  •         Multiple Response
  •         Multiple Choice
  •         Fill in the blanks
  •         Right and Wrong
  •         Assertion
  •         Matchmaking
  1.   Change of pattern for internal assessment

Internal Assessment will be of 20 marks. The distribution of marks under the new pattern for the internal assessment will be as follows:

Type of Assessment

Distribution of Marks

Periodic Test 5 marks
Multiple Assessments 5 marks
Portfolio 5 marks
Subject Enrichment Activities 5 marks
Total 20 marks
  •         Periodic Test

There will be 3 periodic tests conducted for each subject in the Class 10th examination. The average marks secured in 2 tests, based on best performance, will be taken for final submission from these three tests. This part will carry five marks in the annual exam for internal assessment.

  •         Multiple Assessments

The school will conduct this part under the internal assessment. Multiple assessments will include various types of tests such as Individual/Group assessment, Oral test, Activities, Graphics, projects, Maps, Assignments, etc. CBSE has given authority to the school officials to conduct these assessments. This part will carry five marks.

  •         Portfolio:

The Portfolio of a student refers to the work done by that student. It also includes the progress, growth, accomplishments and achievements, efforts, etc. of a student. This part carries 5 marks. Portfolio of a student consists of the following elements:

  1. a) Design of work – Creativity, Neatness, Visual appeal
  2. b) Completion of guided work on specific curricular objectives
  3. c) Formation of all relevant work
  4. d) Knowledge/Knowledge-base
  •         Subject Enrichment Activities

This part is introduced to assess the project works, practical, and language skills of a student. It will carry five marks. Subject Enrichment Activities differ for different subjects.

For example, a) Subjects like Science and Mathematics, practical work will be examined under this part.

b) For English: Listening, speaking, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary skills will be examined under this part.

4.  Introduction of 2 levels of question papers for Mathematics

CBSE has also introduced two levels of question papers for Mathematics for the Class X board exam. This change was in light of many students failing their Mathematics matriculation exam. The levels are as follows:

a) Standard Mathematics

b) Basic Mathematics

The Standard Mathematics will have the existing syllabus. It will be the tougher one among the two. Students who opt for this can choose Mathematics in their higher studies.

The Basic Mathematics will have a new syllabus that is based on the NCERT book. No questions from outside the book will be asked in the exam. This will be the easier one among the two. Students who opt for this can’t choose Mathematics in their higher studies.

CBSE Board 10th & 12th Exam: Important Guidelines

The class 12 exam will be conducted in two shifts. According to CBSE, in second shift, exams of the subjects which are not offered by the students of schools situated abroad will be held.

The exam will be held in the offline mode, and paper will have 33 per cent internal choice questions, also 30 per cent of the syllabus been reduced. The candidates need to follow COVID-19 pandemic precautions, wearing face mask will be a must and social distancing will be maintained. The schools will conduct the practical exams from March 1. The result will be announced by July 15.

CBSE 10th Exam 2021 – Exam Day Guidelines

  • Students need to arrive at the examination centre well in time along with their admit cards and an ID card.
  • The answer booklets will be distributed between 10-10.15 am.
  • Students must make sure that they enter the necessary details correctly.
  • The question papers are distributed at 10.15 am and the students get 15 minutes to read the question paper.
  • The students can begin writing the exam at 10.30 am
  • Do not carry any electronic items such as calculators, phones, etc. as this can lead to disqualification from writing the exam.

CBSE 10th Exam Syllabus 2021 (Revised)

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has revised the CBSE syllabus amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Board has reduced the CBSE syllabus 2021 by 30 percent for the upcoming session. Since all the schools are closed due to COVID19 scare and with the delay in the commencement of the new session, it was observed that finishing the entire syllabus with online classes was difficult and an added burden on teachers and students likewise. The focus right now is to retain the core concepts.