CBSE Date Sheet 2018: The class 10 and 12 students have started a petition against less or no gaps in the CBSE board exam 2018 date sheet, released on January 10. “This is a petition for the CBSE to change the current datesheet (for class 10 and 12 board exams) and make it more lenient,” the petition reads.

While the students have alleged that the date sheet schedule in unfair with no gaps in certain subjects, some experts have claimed that it is unfair to blame the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for not providing gaps considering there are over 200 subjects in CBSE class 10 and 12 collectively.

Echoing experts, an official from CBSE said, “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.”

The experts have also said that the class 10 and 12 students have over 50 days to prepare for their board exams. Although they have agreed that less or no gaps may escalate stress among students, they also said that the students can use up the time leading to their board exams to devise preparation plans and strategy.

A day before, the board defended the class 10 and 12 board exam 2018 date sheets after an outcry from students about the unfair scheduling of the exams. The CBSE said that the class 10 and 12 board exams 2018 date sheets was prepared keeping many factors in consideration including competitive exams for class 12 students. The board also said that more gaps between the papers are not possible.

According to the CBSE date sheet 2018, the History paper has been scheduled on March 20 and the Mathematics paper would be a day after on March 21. Similarly, 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.

Moreover, no gap has been provided between the Physical Education exam and Sociology, scheduled on April 9 and 10, respectively.

The students and parents have alleged that a single preparation gap or no gap would only affect the performances of their wards and cause stress among the students.