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Key Takeaways from Education Minister’s Live Webinar

On December 10, 2020, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank addressed many of the students’, teachers’ and parents’ queries and concerns in his webinar. In doing so, the Education Minister of India made some key announcements about the board exams (CBSE exam date 2021, CBSE class 10 board exams 2021, CBSE class 12 board exams 2021) and competitive exams (JEE and NEET).

The Education Minister was scheduled to hold this webinar earlier on December 3, but it was postponed to December 10. In anticipation of Education Minister goes live and in line with the Minister’s appeal, thousands of students, teachers and parents posted their queries on Twitter using the hashtag #EducationMinisterGoesLive.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the Education Minister live webinar:


  1. The Education Minister hinted that CBSE class 10 and CBSE class 12 board exams will be held in 2021 and are not likely to be cancelled. He suggested that the CBSE students prepare well for the exams.
  2. He further added that the CBSE will ensure that students get ample time to prepare for their exams before announcing the board exam 2021 date. The decision will be taken keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. In regard to the CBSE syllabus, the Education Minister said that the CBSE has reduced the syllabus by 30 percent for the 2021 board examinations.
  4. He also addressed students’ and parents’ concerns around practical exams, and said the final decision on whether to conduct CBSE practical exams or not will be taken by CBSE.
  5. On reopening of schools, the Education Minister said that specific guidelines have been issued for reopening of schools. These guidelines, he added, have been created keeping in mind the health, safety and well-being of children and ensures physical and social distancing norms.
  6. Regarding competitive exams such as JEE and NEET, the Education Minister clarified that JEE 2021 and NEET 2021 exams will be conducted in 2021. Specifically commenting about NEET 2021, the Education Minister said NEET has already been postponed thrice in 2020 and will not be cancelled as it will be a big loss for NEET aspirants.
  7. Nevertheless, the Education Minister mentioned that discussions are underway to finalise the strategies to conduct NEET 2021. He added that the details including mode of NEET exam 2021 (offline or online) will be communicated to the students as soon as they are finalized.
  8. When asked about syllabus reduction for JEE and NEET, the minister said that the important aspects of the competitive exams including exam patterns, formats, and syllabus might be revised. However, these are under discussion and not yet finalised.


So, what do the announcements mean for you?

If you are a CBSE student or are the parent of one, note that the board exams for class 10 or class 12 may likely be postponed but not cancelled. Enough time will be given so that the student can prepare well for the board exam. There is no final decision around practical exams – so stay tuned for more updates. Guidelines regarding reopening of schools have also been issued, but the final decision rests with the concerned state governments. 

If you are a JEE or NEET aspirant, the important announcement is that the NEET 2021 and JEE 2021 exams will also be conducted in 2021, and are not cancelled. There are still ongoing discussions whether the exam patterns, formats, and syllabus are to be revised; however, there is no update on it yet. Keep your preparation mode on and continue studying as the NEET 2021 and JEE Main 2021 exam dates might get announced soon. 

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