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IB Exam Schedule 2021

As per the latest update, the IB Board will not conduct the May 2021 session exams in India. This decision was taken considering the ongoing COVID surge in the country. IB Board offers education for students from ages 3 to 19 that consist of four programmes. The courses offered by IB focus on independent learning as well as critical thinking and promote students to inquire about every aspect of the learning process. IB is supported by teachers and coordinators in almost 5,000 schools globally functioning daily in over 150 countries around the world.

IB Examination Schedule 2021

The four different programmes offered by IB are the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme (CP). The major examinations conducted annually by the IB Board are under the Baccalaureate degree are Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme. Exams are usually conducted as two sessions during the year, one in November and the other in May.

Exams will be conducted in two shifts where the morning session examinations must start after 07:00 hours and finish by 13:00 hours local time. Afternoon examination sessions must start after 12 noon and finish by 18:00 hours local time. Candidates can take a look at the subject groups offered by the IB Board in the table below: 

 Subject Groups

Interdisciplinary subjects


Individuals and societies




Studies in Language, Literature, and Language Acquisition


NOTE: Please note that for Studies in Language, Literature and Language Acquisition, English, French, and Spanish are scheduled individually from all other languages.

IB Exam Schedule 2021 (Exams Cancelled)

IB exams are mostly conducted in April and May. For 2021, the May session exams are cancelled due to the rise in COVID 19 cases across the country. Generally, the exams start with the school-based syllabus SL paper 1 in the afternoon session and conclude with Economics in the morning session and English language papers in the afternoon session. A tentative time table is given below for reference purposes.

Sl. No

Morning session (After 7:00)

Afternoon session (After 12:00)

Exam 1


School-based syllabus SL paper 1

Exam 2

School-based syllabus SL paper 2

Business Management HL paper 1

Business Management SL paper 1

Exam 3

Business Management HL paper 2

Business Management SL paper 2

Language A Literature HL paper 1

Language A Literature SL paper 1

Language A Language & Literature HL paper 1

Language A Language & Literature SL paper 1


* Except: English, French & Spanish

Exam 3

Language A Literature HL paper 2

Language A Literature SL paper 2

Language A Language & Literature HL paper 2

Language A Language & Literature SL paper 2


Music HL paper 1

Music SL paper 1

History HL/SL paper 1

History HL/SL paper 2

Exam 4

History HL paper 3

Geography HL paper 1

Geography SL paper 1

Global Politics HL/SL paper 1

Philosophy HL paper 1

Philosophy SL paper 1

Social & cultural anthropology HL paper 1

Social & cultural anthropology SL paper 1

Exam 5

Geography HL/SL paper 2

Geography HL paper 3

Global Politics HL paper 2

Global Politics SL paper 2

Philosophy HL/SL paper 2

Philosophy HL paper 3

Social & cultural anthropology HL paper 2

Social & cultural anthropology SL paper 2

Biology HL paper 1

Biology HL paper 2

Biology SL paper 1

Biology SL paper 2

Nature of science SL paper 1

Exam 6

Biology HL paper 3

 Biology SL paper 3

 Nature of Science SL paper 2

Psychology HL paper 1

Psychology SL paper 1

ITGS HL paper 1

ITGS SL paper 1

Exam 7

Psychology HL paper 2

Psychology HL paper 3

Psychology SL paper 2

ITGS HL/SL paper 2

 ITGS HL paper 3

Mathematical Studies SL paper 1

Mathematics HL paper 1

 Mathematics SL paper 1

Exam 8

Mathematical Studies SL Paper 2 Mathematics HL paper 2 Mathematics SL paper 2

Language: B HL paper 1

Language B SL paper 1

Language ab initio SL paper 1

* Except: English, French & Spanish Latin

HL paper 1

Latin SL paper 1

Exam 9

Language B HL paper 2

  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension

Language B SL paper 2

  • Listening comprehension 
  • Reading comprehension

 Language ab initio SL paper 2

  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension

Economics HL paper 1

Economics SL paper 1

World Religions SL paper 1

Exam 10

Economics HL paper 2 Economics HL paper 3 Economics SL paper 2 World religions SL paper 2

English A Literature HL paper 1

English A Literature SL paper 1

English A Language & Literature HL paper 1

English A Language & Literature SL paper 1


English B HL paper 1

English B SL paper 1

English ab initio SL paper 1


Literature & performance SL paper 1

Principles Used in Creating the IB Exam Schedule

IB Board applies some principles to create the routine for the IB Board exam. Given below are the principles followed by the IB Board to create the exam schedule:

  • It is not possible to consider the public, national holidays or religious festivals since the number of countries that the IB Diploma Programme is offered adds up to a considerable number.

  • Registration data is used to ensure that the minimum number of candidates are impacted globally by subject and time table clashes.

  • Almost all the subjects are scheduled in an afternoon and morning pattern on consecutive days. This pattern is to minimize the impact of absence on any given day and thereby maintain continuity for candidates.

  • Language and science examinations are scheduled in such a way that there should not be any confusion while appearing for different exams.

  • Except for English, Spanish, French and Language A, examinations will be conducted separately from those of Language B subjects.

  • The examination period remains three weeks long to maintain a balance between the conflicts in the schedule, school overheads in running an examination, time available for teaching, and the IB’s responsibility to get the valuation done on time as per the required quality.

Tips for IB Board Students

Here are some tips for IB Board students to get better results:

  • Increase your studying time during exams: Discover your learning style: Every people have their style of learning. The acoustic learner generally learns by listening while visual learners learn by seeing.

  • Everyday study: Make a habit of studying regularly. Studying every day helps you to understand things easily. It also helps to reduce last-minute stress cramming.

  • Review and revise: Reviewing and revising at least once a week is very advantageous for all students to score good marks. Frequent revision helps each student to grasp the concepts quickly.

  • Ask for help: Do not hesitate to ask if you are stuck on something. Talk to your guides and teachers about the topics which you do not understand.

  • Please choose the right time and place to study: The comfort zone for each student depends on themselves. Hence, you should find a study space and a regular time to study and should stick with it. The comfortable and distraction-free study is a must.

IB Exam Schedule 2020 PDF (Old)

Students can refer to the previous year's IB exam schedule released on the official website given below:


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