Ministry of Human Resource Development is at an advance stage of decision making, the court was told. This decision will also affect schools affiliated to the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, which recently told Bombay High Court it will "broadly follow the CBSE decision".
The central government will soon take a decision on conducting remaining board examinations for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE).
The government will present its decision before the Supreme Court, which is hearing petitions pertaining to conduct of remaining exams by both the boards.
"The decision making process (by Ministry of Human Resource Development) is at an advance stage and would be finalised by Thursday," the Solicitor General appearing for the CBSE and the Central government said.
The case, filed by a group of parents seeking cancellation of a notification on holding board exams from July 1 to 15 because of rising coronavirus cases, has been posted for hearing at 2PM Thursday.
The decision will also have a bearing on how the CICSE, popularly called ICSE, conducts the remaining exams for classes 10 and 12.
The matter, posted in Bombay High Court, has been deferred in view of the hearing in the top court after the education board said it "will broadly follow the CBSE decision".
The CICSE had earlier decided to give the students an option to either physically appear for the remaining class 10 and 12 exams or have their performance evaluated on basis of internal exams.
The court said the board was at liberty to tweak the CBSE order and make an "informed decision".
A revision in how the CBSE conducts class 12 exams will also affect competitive examinations.
While engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains is scheduled from July 18-23, medical entrance exam NEET is to be held on July 26.
"A decision about the two exams will also be taken in accordance with the decision on board exams," an official said.
Schools and universities across the country have been shut since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
While the government has eased several restrictions in phases, schools and colleges remain closed.