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UP polls likely to push Board exams to 2nd wk of May

LUCKNOW: The upcoming panchayat elections in the state are likely to push the UP Secondary Education Board examinations for classes 10 and 12 to the second week of May.
The examinations were earlier scheduled to be held from April 24.
The fresh dates will be finalised in a couple of days. According to officials, the examinations are likely to start on May 8 and conclude by May 30.
Nearly 56 lakh candidates – 29.9lakh for Class 10 and 26 lakh for Class 12 – have registered this year. Now, UP Board examinations are expected to coincide with CBSE and ICSE/ISC examinations. ICSE (class 10) and ISC (Class 12) papers will begin on May 5 and end in the second week of June while CBSE examinations (classes 10 and 12) will begin on May 4 and conclude on June 14.
UP panchayat elections will be held in four phases (April 15, 19, 26 and 29) while the counting of votes will be held on May 2.
“Keeping panchayat election dates in view, we will have to shift the UP Board examinations. UP Secondary Education Board (UPSEB) was finding it difficult to hold examinations as teachers will be engaged in election duty and a lot of colleges are made polling stations,” deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said.

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