Hyderabad: In a major relief to students, the duration of the Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE) 2021 for Class 12 has been reduced to 90 minutes instead of the original three hours and students will have to attempt only 50 per cent of the question paper.
The exams are proposed to be held from mid July and there will be no change in the pattern of examination.
“As suggested by the Government of India, the Telangana government would like to go with Plan A, duly reducing the duration of the examination from three hours to 90 minutes. The pattern of examination cannot be changed at this juncture as the question papers have already been printed,” reads a letter sent by Education department secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania to the Union Ministry of Education on Wednesday detailing the comments of the government.
“Students will be asked to attempt 50 per cent of the question paper in view of the reduced time frame of 90 minutes. This will be recalibrated to get 100 per cent while results processing,” the letter said.
To ensure maximum physical distancing in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has also proposed to conduct the exams in morning and afternoon sessions by utilizing two different sets of question papers.
“It is proposed to hold the exams from mid of July and the results may be announced by the end of August,” it said.
Further, students who were unable to appear for the exams due to Covid-19 or any other reason would be given another chance to appear.
All the comments will be subject to the Covid-19 pandemic conditions at that time, it added.
Meanwhile, the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education on Thursday postponed the practical examinations of the IPE scheduled to be held from May 29 to June 7 until further orders. The practical exams of second-year general courses, and first and second-year vocational courses were postponed due to the pandemic and lockdown in the State.
“A review will be held in the first week of June and future dates will be announced at least 15 days prior to the conduct of the exams,” the Board said.
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