It’s make or break time for thousands of students across India appearing for the Class 12 board examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which began on Tuesday with English for core as well as elective papers. A total of 10,67,900 students will appear for these exams, which end on April 22.
While some students were seen offering prayers at local temples before going inside the examination hall, their teachers and principals wished them good luck, and even helped them clear last-minute doubts. Many students were seen revising their notes and discussing important questions with friends moments before the exam began.
In Jaipur, students were seen revising notes from textbooks and discussing important questions with friends moments before the commencement of Class 12 examination.
A total of 1,24,304 students appeared for the first paper (English elective) of the Class 12 boards in 476 examination centers across the state. Many parents, who had come with their wards to the centre, were seen patiently waiting for the examination to begin.
“Class 12 board is obviously a big examination for my entire family and not just my son. It’s a stepping stone for his career. I don’t want him to feel alone and paranoid at the exam centre that is why I have decided to accompany him today”, said Veerendra Singh Hada, a parent accompanying his child.
Students were seen discussing questions from the last few years’ question papers of the English paper. Majority of students seemed quite relaxed before the exam’s commencement.
“Peace of mind is the most crucial aspect of board exams. Since, the first paper is English so there is no need to mug up the syllabus and come to the centre. What matters is how fresh our mind and how prepared we are with the syllabus. Stress occurs only when we appear in an exam with half baked knowledge”, said Rajat Pareek, an applicant.
The entry of students inside the centers was monitored by the CBSE officials as no applicants was allowed without his/her admit card. Students were only asked to carry a pen to the centre.
“There is no point putting pressure on our children before the exam as it will only ruin things further. Our children’s school teachers have been very helpful as they have been conducting pre board mock exams to give them an idea of the boards”, said Srilekha Gupta.
In Lucknow, school teachers and principals wished good luck to CBSE Class 12 examines by applying tilak and offering sweets as they walked inside the examination hall to write English paper.
As the students were a touch nervous, teachers helped and guided the examinees to locate their examination centre. Rani Laxmibai Senior Secondary School was the biggest exam centre where students of many schools took exam.
With prayers on their lips and kicking the last minute nervousness, more than 12,400 class 12 CBSE examines entered the examination hall. Ishita and Harshita both from City International School said they are confident of doing well in the examination as they have prepared well throughout the year.
Sparsh Tamta, a Class 12 boy of Central Academy was unlucky. He fractured his right hand a day before the examination as he slipped from stairs. The school provided him with a writer Amisha Katiyar of class 11. “I’m little unlucky as I will not be able to write my own paper,” he said. A total of 12,407 students will write the Class 12 CBSE exams in Lucknow.
Teachers and experts say students should not treat these exams as a make or break situation and remain stress-free. “Students should treat it as any other examination. This is not the first exam a student takes and neither will it be the last. Students should remain stress free and focus on what they have studied till now,” Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road, said.
Teachers advised students to manage time judiciously while appearing in the exam and not to leave any question unanswered.
“Students should first read the paper thoroughly. Students should not spend too much time on one question. Under no circumstance should they leave any question unanswered,” Ashok Pandey, chairman of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, said.