The CBSE Class 10 board exams have been cancelled and Class 12 board exams have been postponed.
The announcement comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.
The CBSE board exams were set to start from May 4.
The decision has been taken in response to the nationwide calls to cancel the CBSE board exams by the state ministers and the board exam students.
For CBSE class 12 board exam, the situation will be reviewed on June 1 and revised dates will be announced thereafter.
For CBSE class 10 students, result will be prepared on the basis of an “objective criterion” to be developed by the Board.
Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams.
“Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country. Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, and also taking in account the safety and well-being of the students,” the education ministry said in an official statement.
Opposition leaders such as Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi have been appealing to the Centre to postpone board exams.
Parents, child rights bodies, several state governments have also made similar appeals to the Centre to reconsider the plan to conduct offline CBSE board exams next month.