The retest of the leaked Class XII Economics paper will be held on April 25 but there is still uncertainty over the Class X Maths paper as CBSE is evaluating if a fresh exam is needed at all while also saying that such a test, if scheduled, will be restricted to Delhi-NCR and Haryana.
The Central Board of Secondary Education said its investigations so far indicate that the area affected by the Class X Maths leak is confined to Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Haryana, and the leaked paper is believed to have been shared over WhatsApp and other social media. The test, if scheduled, will be held in July.
The decision on the Class X retest did little to assuage the anxiety of affected parents and teachers as an exam in July will delay the results by two months for students in Delhi-NCR and Haryana. The results are usually declared by May end and there was consternation over the possibility of the re-examination being held as late as July.
Opinion seems to be divided within the CBSE and human resource development ministry over whether there should be a re-test for Class X students. There is a view that accepting the result of a leaked paper will erode the credibility of the exam and the board. But the long suspense is not seen to be helpful even as CBSE is to take a decision in the next two weeks.
Addressing a press conference along with CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal, school education secretary Anil Swarup said there were reports of more papers having leaked but there is no evidence to support the claims.
On the leaked Maths paper reaching the CBSE chairperson's office the evening before the exam, he said a mail was sent at 1.29am which Karwal saw at 8.55am on the day of the test. It was 10 am before contents were confirmed. It would have been unwise to cancel the test and cause panic.
Around 4.91 lakh students will now have to sit for the Economics exam again. "For Class X, we have found in the prelim inquiry, that the leaks were restricted in Delhi and Haryana. We are still examining whether the Class X exam will be held at all in July. If held, it will be held only in Delhi NCR and Haryana."
The decision was taken in the interest of students, Swarup said, adding that there has been no leak outside India, hence no re-examination is required in international centres.