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CBSE Releases Guidelines for Class 10 and 12 Practical Exams in January 2024

December 27, 2023
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Ahead of the Class 10 and 12 practical exams in January 2024, CBSE has issued comprehensive guidelines, focusing on logistics, scheduling, and protocols for examiners and schools.

CBSE Class 10 and 12: Guidelines for Practical Exams in January 2024

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is gearing up to conduct practical exams for Classes 10 and 12, with exams scheduled to begin in the first week of January 2024.

The guidelines stress the importance of timely receipt of practical answer books, informing stakeholders about schedules, providing adequate infrastructure, and examiner coordination.

Moreover, accommodations for special needs, strict adherence to schedules, daily mark uploads, accuracy in uploading, and compliance monitoring were highlighted for successful exam conduct.

Schools are urged to meticulously follow these guidelines to ensure seamless practical exam operations, as non-compliance might lead to exam cancellation.


  1. Timely Reception of Answer Books: Schools must ensure prompt receipt of sufficient practical answer books before the scheduled practical exams.

  2. Informing Stakeholders: Schools need to communicate the examination schedule, format, and any specific requirements to parents and students.

  3. Infrastructure and Equipment: Schools should have adequate infrastructure, equipment, and materials ready in laboratories for the smooth conduct of practical exams.

  4. Examiner Coordination: Prior contact with examiners is recommended to ensure the seamless and punctual execution of examinations.

  5. Special Accommodations: Provision for students with special needs or disabilities is essential for their comfortable participation in practical exams.

  6. Adherence to Schedule: Students are expected to attend practical exams strictly as per the provided schedule.

  7. Daily Mark Uploads: Marks for practical exams, projects, and internal assessments should be uploaded daily, corresponding to the assessment day.

  8. Accuracy in Mark Uploads: Both internal and external examiners must ensure uploaded marks' correctness as no post-upload corrections are allowed.

  9. External Examiner Arrangement: Only Board-appointed external examiners are authorized to conduct Class 12 practical exams; no alternate local arrangements are permitted.

  10. Finalisation of Marks: No alterations in marks are permissible after finalisation, highlighting the need for accuracy during mark uploads.

  11. Compliance Monitoring: CBSE retains the right to cancel practical exams if schools deviate from the Board's directives.

  12. No Date Extensions: Requests for extending exam dates will not be entertained by the Board.

  13. Clarifications: Schools may seek clarifications in advance from the concerned regional office if required.

Schools and examiners must ensure seamless logistics, timely communication, and accurate assessment uploads. It's imperative to comply diligently with these directives to ensure a smooth and successful conduct of the practical exams.