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Can I Take the boards as a private candidate?

This helpline comes to you from CBSE.

education Updated: Feb 28, 2012 10:42 IST

I completed Class 12 from a different board. As a private candidate, can I take a paper in any subject at the Class 10 or 12 level due to career/higher studies requirements?
No, the CBSE does not permit students qualifying Class 12 from other boards to register for an additional paper.

Is a student failing his/her school exams detained from taking Class 10 and 12 board exams?
The student should have passed qualifying or equivalent qualifying exams making him eligible for admission to that class. More details are available on page 3 of the senior school curriculum document 2013 published by the board and also on

Should one write the answers in the same sequence as in the question paper? Though many people advise that one should first attempt easy questions, there is also a view that an examiner would prefer answers in the serial order.
Questions can be answered in any serial order and no marks will be deducted for not following the same. However, candidates should ensure that the serial numbers of the questions are given correctly and distinctly and all parts of the question are attempted together.

How many answer scripts does an examiner need to check in a day? Is payment linked to the number of scripts being checked? Is there a minimum number of scripts he/she needs to mark every day?
An examiner needs to put in at least five-six hours per day and examine a maximum of 20 answer sheets in a day. Payment is linked to the number of copies examined by the examiner.

Practically speaking, should one write the answers in one’s own language or should it be avoided just in case some examiner looks for certain keywords and phrases in the answers?
The answer should correctly contain what is asked for in the question following the word limit and the instructions given therein.

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