The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates of the 2014 examinations for class 10 and 12. Allaying the rumours of the examinations being advanced, CBSE yesterday said it will stick to its schedule as in previous years.

According to a notification issued by CBSE, the examinations for classes 10 and 12 will begin from March 1. The class 10 examination will get over by March 19 and for class 12 the examinations will be completed by April 17. This is applicable to all schools affiliated to the CBSE in India and abroad. There is not much change in the schedule compared to the previous year.

Rumours were rife in Qatar and other Gulf countries about the possibility of the examinations getting advanced in view of the Indian parliament elections that will be held in April or May. Gulf Times had in November reported that those fears were baseless. Many students yesterday commented that they were relieved to get a schedule which is very similar to the previous years.

On the other hand, some of the class 12 science students are a little worried about short breaks between the main exams. Though their main worry comes from the fact that many of these students will be facing Board exams for the very first time as in class 10 they opted for school based Board exams.

Some of them said that there could have been longer breaks in between the major subjects such as chemistry, biology and mathematics. “If we had a few more days in between chemistry, biology and mathematics, it would have been fantastic. All the major science subjects are completed by April 20,” added a student of an Indian school in Doha.

For class 10, most of the students have opted for school based examination which will be conducted by individual schools based on the question papers prescribed by the CBSE. Only a small percentage of students appear for Board examinations as CBSE has made it optional.

Around 226,5000 students have registered for the 2014 CBSE Board exam as compared to 217,6000 students in 2013. The increase in number of registered students has likely been caused by the increase in the number of schools joining CBSE from various parts of the country and abroad. From the 132,5000 class 10 students registered with CBSE, 729, 000 will attempt their respective school based examination.