The CBSE Board announced on Friday 26th June - only days before the outstanding exams were due to take place - that results will be based on assessment of scores for the examinations that did take place. Results will be issued by July 15.
In a circular issued by the CBSE, recently issued to school heads, details of how students will be assessed were provided. In a document signed by the controller of examination, Dr Sanyam Bhardwaj, details of the scheme were explained in three points.
"(a) For the students of both classes - X and XII, who have completed all their examinations, their results will be declared based on their performance in their examinations.
"(b) For students who have appeared in the examinations in more than 3 subjects, the average of the marks obtained in best three performing subjects will be awarded in the subjects whose examinations have not been conducted.
"(c) For students who have appeared in the examinations in only 3 subjects, the average of the marks obtained in the best two performing subjects will be awarded in the subjects whose examinations have not been conducted."
The CBSE circular also clarifies that results will be declared based on the students' performance in those exams that they did sit and their internal/practical/project assessments. The circular also explained that students who are not satisfied with their performance may take optional exams at a later date.
The Supreme Court on Friday, 26 June, ruled that the ICSE board may conduct optional exams for both Class 10 and 12 at a later stage, while adding that the assessment scheme to be followed by the board would be slightly different to that followed by CBSE. Details will be notified on the board’s website within one week - that is by Friday, 3rd July. Further details will be provided once available.
Irrespective of the process to be adopted, many Grade 12 students will doubtless be breathing a sigh of relief that the results will be issued shortly - albeit two months later than usual - enabling them to finalise university applications.