On November 18, the Supreme Court declined to offer the CBSE and the CISCE to allow a hybrid mode option for the Class 10 and 12 board examinations, stating that it would be inappropriate to disrupt the process at this time.
The Supreme Court stated that the Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) Term 1 board exams began on November 16, while the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) semester one board exams will begin on November 22.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was defending the CBSE, told a bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and C.T. Ravikumar that all safeguards had been taken for holding the board exams in offline mode, and that the number of test centres had been increased from 6,500 to 15,000. The Court expressed its "hopes and trust" that authorities will take all necessary safeguards and procedures to ensure that no one is harmed during the examination.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by six students who will be taking the board exams, asking the CBSE and the CISCE to issue a revised circular directing the CBSE and the CISCE to conduct the upcoming Class 10 and 12 board exams in hybrid mode rather than offline mode only.