The Central Board of School Education will be conducting Class 10 and class 12 exam from mid-February rather than March to provide more time for the evaluation of answer scripts, sources said.
The board is planning to prepone the examination date from the current March 1 to Feb 15 from 2018 onwards to focus on 'error-free evaluation'.
“At present, the exams start on March 1 and usually go on for a month. This also coincides with the start of summer vacations and hence, a number of teachers go on leave during that time. Due to this, we get ad-hoc and contractual staff for the evaluation that affects quality,” said a source.
"This would also advance the date of declaration of results, which generally come around the third or fourth week of May," said CBSE chairman RK Chaturvedi.
The board also plans to complete the exams in one month's period from current 45 days, and the exams may start around February 15.
"By April, vacations begin and the experienced teachers are not available. Therefore, advancing evaluation to mid-March will ensure we have the best teachers checking the answer scripts," Chaturvedi added.
CBSE on Tuesday announced setting up of two committees to review the evaluation process after which, "The board has taken a prompt decision to set up two committees comprising senior officers to look into the problems related to the evaluation processes being followed," a senior CBSE official said.
"The two committees will submit their report within two and three months respectively. On basis of the findings and suggestions of the committees, major changes may be introduced in the evaluation process," the official added.