New Delhi: Days after Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced that a decision will soon be taken on the pending CBSE Class X, XII board exams, a report in a leading daily claimed that the Central Board of Secondary Education might hold the remaining Class XII papers in the first two weeks of July. Also Read - CBSE Boards Optional For Students With Special Needs, Result as Per Alternative Assessment Scheme

The government is reportedly mulling holding Class 12 Board exams before JEE Main which is scheduled to be held between July 18-23. Speaking to The Indian Express, sources said that the government has directed the board to conduct the class XII exams before JEE. Also Read - Schools Likely to Reopen in July For Senior Classes With 30% Attendance

Earlier on Tuesday, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had announced dates for  engineering entrance exam (JEE Main) and medical entrance exam (NEET). While JEE Main examination will be held from July 18-23, NEET will be conducted on July 26. Also Read - CBSE to Conduct Exams at All 15,000 Centres Across India: HRD Minister

The crucial exams were postponed due to the lockdown imposed in the country to combat COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 1,886 lives so far.