The new dates for the tests, long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, were published on the ministry’s website on Monday.
This year, in the changed situation, the students will have to take exams only on the elective or optional subjects in the short syllabus in SSC and HSC. Students must take up three elective subjects in SSC and six in HSC.
Earlier, Education Minister Dipu Moni had said that the assessment of compulsory subjects, such as Bangla and English, would be based on the results of previous public exams.
The exams will be held in two sessions – from 10 am to 11:30 am and then from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
The Madrasa Education Board had previously announced that the Dakhil exams, equivalent to the SSC, would be held on Nov 14.
The SSC and equivalent exams are usually held in February. But, due to the coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh in March 2020, the exams were suspended.
This year, in addition to the change in timing of exams, students will be evaluated on a limited syllabus and will only have written exams.
Physics (Theory) comes as the first SSC exam to be held on the morning of Nov 14.
The History of Bangladesh and World Civilisation exam will be held on the morning of Nov 15, with the Accounting test scheduled for an afternoon session. Chemistry (Theory) will be held on the morning of Nov 16, with Physical Education and Sports (Theory) on the morning of Nov 18. The Geography and Environment exam will be held on the morning of Nov 21, with Finance and Banking that afternoon.
The Higher Mathematics and Biology (Theory) examinations will both be held on the morning of Nov 22. Both the Politics and Civics exam and the Economics exam will be held on the morning of Nov 23, with Business Studies in the afternoon.
Students will have to get their admission papers from their educational institutions three days before the start of exams.
The HSC exams will begin with Physics Paper 1 on Dec 2. They will end on Dec 30 with Social Science Paper 2 and Social Work Paper 2 in the morning and Sports Paper 2 in the afternoon.