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CBSE Class X, XII exams postponed by a week, will begin on March 9

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today said its Class X and Class XII Examinations had been postponed by a week in view of the legislative assembly elections in five states and would now begin on March 9.
 
The Election Commission (EC) had, on January 4, announced dates for elections to the legislative assemblies in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, which will be held between February 11 and March 8.
 
"The annual examinations of class X and XII will be conducted by CBSE from 9th March 2017, in view of the state assembly elections being conducted in five states of Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh," a press release from CBSE said.
 
"The board has given careful consideration to the situation before postponing the exams by a week which will now allow the students to get more time for the preparation and ensure uninterrupted sequence of examinations," it said.
 
The release said the board had made all possible efforts to maintain reasonable time gap between the major papers and also ensured that the students appearing for Joint Engineering Exam and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test complete the CBSE examinations ahead of these entrance examinations.
 
"The annual exam result will be declared on time as the board has adopted several IT initiatives which will aid in faster result processing," it said.
 
As many as 1667573 candidates are registered for the Class X examination this year, including 884710 Board-based candidates and 782863 School-based candidates. 
 
There are a total of 1098420 candidates for the Class XII examinations, the release added.
 
The Class X examinations will continue until April 10, while the Class XII examinations will end on April 29.
 
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