CBSE Date Sheet 2018: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday defended the class 10 and 12 board exam 2018 date sheets after students and parents called for changes in gaps between papers. The board said that the class 10 and 12 board exams 2018 date sheets was made considering many factors including competitive exams that the students of class 12 would be appearing for and that more gaps between the papers are not possible.

According to the CBSE class 12 board exam date sheet, the History paper would be conducted on March 20 and the Mathematics paper would be a day after on March 21. Raising issues on the same, the parents have argues that a single preparation day for the Mathematics paper would affect the performances of their wards and cause stress among the students. (Read: CBSE Date Sheet 2018 For Class 10, 12 Board Exams Released)

In fact, for the Humanities stream students, three papers – Psychology, Political Science and Legal Studies – have been scheduled back to back on April 5, 6 and 7, respectively. There is no gap between the Physical Education exam and Sociology, scheduled on April 9 and 10, respectively. Moreover, the Joint Entrance Examination or JEE will be conducted on April 8, just a day before Physical Education exam.

About no gaps between some papers, the board officials have argued that some papers have been kept without any gap as, under the current system of choosing optional papers, some students chose papers from different streams and it was not possible to keep all the optional papers on different dates. They also said that the board exam 2018 date sheets had to be prepared in such a way that all the 200 subjects get covered in a selected time frame.

“There are around 200 subjects out of which students can have any combination. Students have such subject combination that science students take up one from the humanities and commerce subjects and vice-versa. So, no matter how much we try some subjects might not get as many gap days as others,” an official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.