The Hush Post: Board examinations for Class X and Class XII conducted by the Central Board of Education begin today. The exams will continue till April 4 for Class X and April 13 for Class XII.
CBSE, this year, has decided to allow children with special needs to use computer/laptops for their exams. The use of computer will be limited to typing answers and viewing the question paper in an enlarged font size. Concerned candidates need to bring their laptop duly formatted and with prior approval of the Centre Superintendent. Diabetic students can carry their snacks and all students are allowed to carry their water bottles, while schools would also provide water for the students.
Here is a small time line as per CBSE guidelines on any given exam day:
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Reach the Examination Center for checking
Schools centres allow candidates to enter the centres by 9:30 to help them find their rooms. No digital watches, only plain pencil boxes, original admit card only
10:00 am – Time to be seated
10:00 – 10:05 am – Time of distribution of answer sheets
The front page of the answer sheet requires the student to fill all the information. There is also an OMR sheet at the front. Invigilators would assist students and explain how the sheets need to be filled. 15 minutes are given to fill the first page of answer sheets, relax and follow the instructions carefully.
10:15 am – Reading time starts and question papers are handed over
CBSE mandates a 15-minute reading time for students to go through the question paper. Candidates would not be allowed to write anything but can go through the question paper, understand what and how you need to attempt and be ready.
10:30 am – Bell rings, examination starts, now the candidates can start writing
1:00 pm: examination centre leaving time: Students are not allowed to leave the examination centres before 2:30 hours, that is about 1:00 pm. Also, CBSE mandates an extra 15 minutes for every hour – which is total 45 minutes for 3 hour paper for students with special needs.
A total number of 16,38,428 students have registered for Class X exams and for class XII, total 11,86,306 students will be appearing. As compared to last year, less number of candidates will be appearing for Class X exams, but more would be appearing for Class XII.