In a pilot project to digitize assessment of answer sheets, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will correct the March 2012 Class 12 English answer sheets through the Onscreen Marking System (OMS).
The OMS will be implemented for about 80,000 CBSE students in Delhi first and if it is successful, the technology will be extended to schools in Mumbai and other parts of India from the 2013-2014 academic year. “The OMS system will improve the accuracy of marking and will increase the speed of correcting answer sheets.
If it is successful, it will be introduced to all the CBSE affiliated schools,” said Rama Sharma, public relations officer, CBSE.
In the OMS, answer sheets will be scanned and the images will be uploaded on a server. Every examiner will be given a password and ID through which they will be able to access the answer sheets in the evaluation centre through a computer. One examiner is expected to correct 25 answer sheets in a day. Each answer booklet will have a unique code so that answer sheets can be detected.
The OMS will calculate the total marks given to each student and highlight answers that the examiner may have has missed correcting.
The board will has floated a tender inviting companies to develop the software.
A senior CBSE official said the OMS was tested with 200 answer sheets in Delhi in March 2010. “After the positive feedback from examiners, the CBSE chairman decided to extend this to a large number of students,” said the official.