The state education department on Tuesday asked junior colleges to conduct unit tests for Class 11 students, but allowed them to schedule the tests according to their convenience.
While some colleges, such as Sathaye and Khalsa have already begun the tests, others now have the flexibility to hold them before or after the Diwali break, which begins on November 3.
"Colleges can conduct the tests depending on when they complete the syllabus," said a department official.
"There will be no change to the Diwali holidays schedule."
He added that colleges could hold the tests even in the second term.
Colleges usually begin classes in July and conduct the first 50-mark unit tests in September and the 100-mark terminal exams in October.
This year, the first term began in September because of the confusion over the Best Five policy and colleges were waiting for the department to decide if they had to conduct unit tests.