Prevy Parekh, a student of Villa Theresa School in Peddar Road is allowed to use her cellphone for just 15 minutes a day.
Her mother Lata has imposed the temporary restriction as the 15-year-old is preparing for her Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class 10 board exams that start on Monday.
“Talking to friends during examinations makes me nervous. I am happy not to use the phone,” said Prevy, a Class 10 student.
While some households have disconnected Internet connections, some students are also avoiding their favourite television shows in order to stay focussed on the examinations set to influence their careers.
“For the last two weeks, my parents have been closely watching the time I spend watching television. I barely get to browse the Internet,” said Priyanka Gala, another student of Villa Theresa School in Peddar road.
Students from 129 ICSE schools in Maharashtra comprising 81 from city are busy doing last minute revisions before the English paper on Monday.
This academic year, the number of students from the state appearing for the ICSE exams has risen by 12% to 10,770 over 9,609 in 2010-11. From the city, 7823 students will appear for the exams.
“We are prepared for glitch-free examinations. Students need not worry,” said Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary and officiating chief executive secretary of the ICSE council.
About 1.32 lakh students from across the country will appear for the examinations this year.
“Students should not compare how much they have prepared with friends. They should take the board exam as any other exam and should not panic,” said Preeti Khana, head of department of English at HVB Academy in Marine Lines.
Some students have been visiting schools for last minute revisions. “We have students coming to the school and asking us doubts at the last minute too. It is a crucial time for all Class 10 students and we are giving them our full support,” said Perin Bagli, principal, Activity High School in Peddar Road and the regional secretary for ICSE schools in Maharashtra.