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ISC, ICSE exams to start in February

The dates of examinations for the Indian School Certificate (ISC) and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) boards for the year 2011-2012 are out and the exams are scheduled to begin from February 13 and February 27, respectively. 

Early exams
Board officials say that like last year, this time too the examinations are being held earlier than their usual dates. This is being done to give more time to students who would be preparing for other competitive exams, including IIT-JEE and Common Admission Test (CAT), that take place between April and May. 

For the past two years, the boards have been conducting examinations and announcing results earlier than other boards so that the students get time and extra holidays to reorganise their schedule and preparations for competitive tests.

The ICSE examinations are likely to get over by March 29, while the ISC exam will be completed by April 3. 
"The students have been informed about the dates and we have already set out the time-table. Last year everything went well and students were only too glad to get extra holidays. We haven't made any major changes in the dates, though," said an official from ISC board. 

Official figures show that the number of ICSE schools in the state stands at 118 and about 9,700 students 
will appear for the exams across the state. For ISC, about 1,332 students will be appearing for the exams in state.

CBSE exams from March 1
w The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) yesterday announced the dates for the board examinations for Std X and XII. The Std X exams are scheduled to start from March 1 and will get over by March 26, whereas Std XII exams are scheduled to start on March 1 and will end by April 13. The board has put up the timetable on its website. w The first paper for Std XII will be English, followed by political science and physics. Std X will have painting as the first paper, followed by mathematics and languages. w This year around eight lakh students across the country are expected to appear for these exams. 

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