NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 11: The Uttar Pradesh Board exams is expected to start from February 7, 2019 for both classes 10 and 12. Deputy Chief Minister, Dinesh Sharma, who made the announcement to a news agency, also said that the exams would conclude within a span of 16 days.
In 2018, UP Board exams for class 12th began on February 6, 2018 and ended on March 12, 2018. The exams took place in two shifts, morning and evening. For class 10th, the exams began on February 6, 2018 and ended on February 22, 2018. For the year 2019, UP Board datesheet for class 10 and 12 will be made available in September 2018.
The Deputy CM also said that necessary steps would be taken to restrict delays and improper uses during the exams. The board has courted controversy in the past with instances of cheating and delays making it to the headlines. As per reports, in 2018 alone, 1,862 students were caught cheating during their exams.
The year 2018 saw the authorities undertaking certain reforms to prevent cheating and usage of unfair means. However, reports suggest that these measures led to almost 10 lakh students dropping from their class 10th and 12th exams. It is expected that 2019 will see a continuation of these rules.
In 2018, around 66 lakh students were enrolled for UP Board exams. Of this, around 36.5 lakh students registered for class 10th and around 29 lakh for class 12th. The pass percentage for class 10th in 2018 was 75.16% and that for class 12th was 72.43%.
Set up in 1921 at Allahabad, UP Board is Asia’s largest board in terms of number of students. The Board conducts exams around 8,500 centers across Uttar Pradesh. UP Board annually enrolls around 32 lakh students.