UGC Releases New Calendar For Universities, Semester Exams: Details Here


As per the University Grants Commission (UGC), the new academic session for old students will commence from 1 August while for the new students it will be 1 September. The admissions for the 2020-21 session will be conducted between 1 August to 31 August

Here’s what you need to know


  • Students appearing for the intermediate semester will be graded based on internal assessment of the present and previous semester.
  • Students who were to appear for the final semester will do so now in July.
  • States where the COVID-19 situation is under control, the students appearing for the intermediate semester will be appearing for the exam in July.
  • Furthermore, the Commission has granted permission to Universities for them to adopt alternative and simplified modes and methods of examinations to complete the process in the shortest possible period of time.
  • It has also been suggested that the time period of the examination be reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.
  • Students pursuing an MPhil/PhD will be granted an extension of six months period and the Universities are at liberty to conduct the viva-voce examinations through video conferencing using Google, Skype, Microsoft Technologies or any other reliable and mutually convenient technology.
  • Universities to have a dedicated COVID-19 cell to enable students to call in with their queries related to the examination calendar.
  • Universities will also be permitted to hold classes 6-days a week.
  • Virtual classrooms and video conferencing techniques to be explored and utilised.


Important dates for 2019-2020


  • Semester begins – 1 January 2020
  • Suspension of classes – 16 March 2020
  • Continuation of teaching via technological assistance – 16 March to 31 May 2020
  • Dissertation/ placement drives/Internship reports – 1 June to 15 June 2020
  • Probable summer vacation – 16 June to 30 June 2020
  • Examination dates – 1 July to 31 July 2020
  • Result declaration – 31 July to 14 August 2020


Important dates for 2020-2021


  • Admission process begins – 1 August to 31 August 2020
  • Commencement of classes – 1 August 2020
  • Examination – 1 January to 25 January 2021
  • Summer break – 1 July to 31 July 2021
  • Commencement of next academic session – 2 August 2021



ICSE, ISC Board Exam 2020: CISCE to conduct 10th, 12th Class Exams soon, Stakeholders to be notified 8-days before Exams start


According to the latest notification issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, the pending ICSE ISC exams 2020 will be held soon. The notice released by the Council also states that a notice of 8-days will be given to all the stakeholders before resumption of the exams after release of the datesheet. The CISCE has released an official notice to confirm the news that CISCE Exams 2020 i.e. ICSE 10th Exam 2020 and ISC 12th Exam 2020 will be held soon. The notice has been published on the official website of the Council and can be checked by clicking on the link provided below:


14 Pending Exams to be Held Soon


According to the notice released by CISCE, a total of 14 exams are currently pending for the students of the CISCE Board. For ICSE or Class 10 students, the pending exams are to be held for Geography – HCG Paper 2, Biology – Science Paper 2, Economics - Group III Elective, and Hindi & Art Paper 6. Similarly, exams for 8 subjects is pending for ISC or 12th Class students for Biology – Paper 1, Business Studies, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Home Science Paper 1, Elective English and Art Paper. According to the notice, CISCE is working on releasing the datesheet for conduct of these examinations and will notify the same to the students soon.

6 to 8-days’ Notice for Students Before Exams

One of the major concerns expressed by students who have to appear for the ICSE and ISC Board Exam 2020 has been about the lack of clarity about datesheet and exam dates. Many students infact have said that they would need advance notice about resumption of the CISCE Board Exam 2020 to prepare them. Addressing these concerns, the CISCE Board has decided that it will give a prior notice of 6 to 8 days to the students before restarting the exams. This means, the ICSE and ISC Board Exams will commence after around a week (including Saturdays and Sundays) once the revised datesheet for pending exam papers is released.

ICSE, ISC Results 2020, after 6 Weeks

Another important aspect that the notice touches upon is the declaration of ICSE and ISC Result 2020. In the light of the delayed conduct of CISCE Board Exam 2020, the board has said that it will take around 6 to 8 weeks to complete the evaluation process and declare the results. While there has been no official date conveyed by the board yet, but considering that pending papers are completed by end of May 2020, students can expect the Results to be announced by Late June 2.




CBSE board exam updates from CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathy every student needs to check
CBSE board exam updates from CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathy regarding the remaining CBSE board exams, answer sheet evaluation, CBSE results, availability of books and more.



The Covid-19 lockdown has thrown the education sector in a tizzy and students are close to losing their heads due to the confusion about school, college, university and competitive exams. India Today got talking with CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathy to understand the latest CBSE board exam updates and what the board is planning for students.

Tripathy talked about the remaining CBSE board exams, what students should do during the lockdown, availability of school books and the CBSE board exam paper evaluation among other things.

Here is a list of CBSE updates from Anurag Tripathy:


1. CBSE Class 10 exams cancelled, selective Class 12 exams after lockdown lifts


Anurag Tripathy clarified that as per the CBSE notification released on April 1, all remaining CBSE Class 10 board exams have been cancelled.

And for CBSE Class 12 board exams, exams of only 12 major subjects would be carried out after the lockdown which would be required for college admissions.

Students need to note except for the CBSE Class 10 students of North Delhi whose board exams had been postponed due to violence, only very minor Class 10 board exams had been pending for the rest of India - these minor exams have been cancelled.

For the minor CBSE Class 10 exams that have been cancelled, students will be evaluated based on their internal assessment marks, Tripathy clarified.

But the major CBSE Class 10 subjects which had been postponed in North Delhi are yet to take place after lockdown is lifted.

Students can check out the link below for complete details on the April 1 CBSE notification mentioned by Anurag Tripathy.


Read: CBSE board exams to be held for only 29 main subjects: Check full list


2. CBSE board exam paper evaluation needs 1.5 to 2 months

Tripathy said that even though CBSE had decided to declare the CBSE Class 10 board results as per the exams already conducted, they hadn't been able to start off with the paper evaluation yet following which they would be able to declare the CBSE Board Exam Results 2020.

"We will need 1.5 to 2 months to carry out the paper evaluation. As soon as we get the advisory from the Central government, we can start off the paper evaluation process while maintaining social distancing," he said.

He clarified that CBSE paper evaluation is started off just a few days after board exams begin and the process is carried out parallelly to the board exams. CBSE doesn't want for exams to be over for evaluation to begin, he said.

Around 70% of CBSE answer sheets still need to be evaluated even though some of them were done in the 15 days of evaluation before the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed.

There are around 35 lakh students who appear for board exams and 2 crore CBSE answer sheets need to be checked, Tripathy said.

He also said that certain state boards such as MP Board had already started off answer sheet evaluation while maintaining social distancing by keeping two to four teachers in a single room only.

Students and parents also need to note that on April 28, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank met the education ministers of all the states and advised them to start off with the paper evaluation of state board exams.

He also asked the ministers to make provisions for CBSE to carry out their answer sheet evaluation in the respective states as well.

Students can check out the link below for more details on the matter.

Read: Start CBSE board exam paper evaluation process: HRD Minister asks state education ministers


3. 'No need to panic about NEET, JEE'

The CBSE secretary advised students and parents to not panic because of the tough situation created due to the lockdown because exams had been postponed not just in India but all over the world.

"The situation is the same for all boards in the country, and all countries in the world," he told India Today.

Tripathy said that since the competitive exams like NEET and JEE which are carried out after the board exams have also been postponed, students don't need to worry about them right now.

"Even though it is genuinely a very problematic situation especially for students who are appearing or the CBSE Class 12 board exams, there is nothing we can do right now except be patient," he added.

He added that officials and parents should emotionally support students during these tough times and create an atmosphere at home that is conducive to learning without stress.


4. 'CBSE board exams can be carried out in 10 to 12 days after lockdown opens'

CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathy said that the lockdown was supposed to be lifted on May 3 and if the government felt that the situation was good enough to start off with exams again, then the remaining CBSE board exams could be carried out in just 10-12 days.


"But if the situation is not good and the lockdown gets extended then CBSE has to come up with a new plan," he said.

However, he said that it wasn't possible to say anything at the moment.

Students should keep a check on the official CBSE website to keep track of the latest updates.


5. CBSE books available online free of cost


"NCERT has put up 100% of its books online. Any student can download those books and study them free of cost," said Tripathy.

Students can choose to study the material on their desktops or take a printout if they choose.

Students should also note that the Home Ministry on April 22 allowed shops selling school books to be opened during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in his April 28 meeting with state education ministers had also repeated the same.

Read: Shops selling school books to be allowed to open in lockdown: Home ministry


'Routine online classes can be traumatic for students'


Apart from the main points, Tripathy also advised CBSE teachers carrying out online classes to not go by the same formula as routine physical classes where a teacher comes and talks in front of the screen for 40 minutes and goes away as it wouldn't help students develop.

"We have issued an advisory that asks teachers to use the 40 minutes to question students, give out projects and assignments, and develop the curiosity of students," said the CBSE Secretary.

He said that after 10-15 minutes of online classes, teachers should involve students in activities so that the pressure of online classes is reduced and they learn better as well.

He added that it could be traumatic for young students if they had to deal with 5-6 hours of online classes every day apart from the stress of the Covid-19 lockdown that keeps them from going outside or meeting their friends.

Thus, parents and teachers would have to ensure that the approach remains balanced for students while studying during the lockdown.


Read: CBSE board exams cancelled or not? Latest CBSE circular clears confusion about pending Class 10 exams

Read: Promote CBSE Class 10, 12 students on internal marks basis: Sisodia tells HRD minister

Read: Start CBSE board exam paper evaluation process: HRD Minister asks state education ministers

Read: CBSE Board Exam 2020: Class 12 exams to start once the situation normalises, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Read: Lottery for CBSE, ICSE schools: BMC conducts live broadcast for parents

Read: CBSE Board Class 10, 12 Exam 2020 to be held at the 1st possibility: CBSE official

Good News amid Lockdown! New Machines Ordered from UK to Tackle Locust Menace in India
A day after the Prime Minister’s call for a self-reliant India, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar interacted with representatives of the Pesticide Manufacturing Industry through video conferencing to fine-tune a strategy to prevent locust attacks on agricultural fields. He said agriculture is a priority sector as emphasized by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Government will leave no stone unturned to ensure uninterrupted sowing and harvesting operations. Central and State Governments are working together on the Desert Locust Control measures and have been able to check its spread, says the PIB reports.
New machines have been ordered from the United Kingdom and will arrive soon, said the agriculture minister. 
Tomar said the locust invasion was first noticed last year and the farmers were taken unawares as it took place after decades. He expressed satisfaction that the losses were checked due to timely action by the Union Agriculture Ministry and the concerned State Governments with the support of farmers. The Centre has compensated farmers who suffered losses from the NDRF Fund. He said the international community has lauded India’s efforts and the Government was ably supported by the Pesticides Industry towards this end. The Ministers of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary were present during today’s video conference. 
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