With several states scheduled to go to the polls, the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination revised the exam schedule on Friday , pushing the ICSE (class X) exam by 11 days and advancing the ISC (class XII) exam by a week.

A release issued by the board stated that the timetable has been rescheduled due to the assembly elections being announced for Punjab, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The revised timetable is available on the council's website, http:www.cisce.org. Hardcopies will be sent to schools.

According to the revised timetable, the ICSE exam will start from March 10 instead of February 27. The ISC exam will on January 30 instead of February 6.

The two exams end late. The ICSE exam will end on April 21 instead of March 31 while the ISC exam will end on April 26 instead of April 5.

Chief executive and secretary of the board, Gerry Arathoon said, “As a result of rescheduling of examinations, the candidates will get the benefit of added time as a result of the rescheduling. The schedule of competitive exams for admission to professional courses has been taken into cognizance for ISC candidates.“ While 76 lakh students will appear for ICSE, more than 74,000 will take the ISC exam across the country.