The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has said board examinations will be conducted in written mode and not online.
The central board on Wednesday said alternative methods of assessment will have to be explored for students who have not been able to attend practical classes before exams.
“No final decision has been taken regarding the dates for conduct of board exams, and consultations with stakeholders are still in process,” said CBSE in statement.
“The exams, as and when they are conducted, will be in written mode and not in online mode. The exams will be conducted following all COVID-19 protocols,” it added.
It further said that while dates for class 10 and 12 board exams have not been declared, exams as and when they happen, will be conducted in written mode only.
Practicals are only held for class 12 students, the marks for which vary from 20 to 30. These are often held within the school, but are marked by an external examiner or observer.
CBSE announcement comes after the board dismissed reports falsely claiming that practical exams would be conducted between January and February 2021.
Schools across the country shut down in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.