Just like distant education, students studying in a regular school may get the facility of ‘on-demand examination’ in future. The niti aayog has suggested holding on-demand exams so that school students can take the tests whenever they are ready. “under the RTE, everyone is promoted till class Viii and are suddenly required to clear board examinations in higher grades. This leads to student stress and high stakes situations which result in adverse outcomes like preparing for the test and mass cheating... We should pilot a system of technologically enabled ‘exams on demand’ which test students on absolute competencies instead of relative ‘marks’ and allow students to take and re-take exams when they are ready. This can help us study its effectiveness in reducing cheating in exams and also open up the option of ‘second chance’ programmes, where those who have dropped out at the elementary level can certify themselves at the higher levels,” said the government think tank in its three-year action agenda. ‘exam on demand’ is not a new concept. it is currently available at the level of higher education. Quite similar to this suggestion, cbse in 2011 offered its students to choose either board examinations or school assessment for class X. However, the policy didn’t work out well and board examinations have been made mandatory again from 2018 onwards.