On Monday, a day before the Class 12 state board (HSC) exams began, the education board's helpline received 458 calls from anxious students. "Most of the calls were related to information on the exam centre, time table and details about hall ticket," said Anil Gadhe, one of the counsellors on the helpline.
On Sunday, the helpline received only 73 calls.
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) 12 exams begin on Tuesday with the English paper. Rahul Batra, 17, a student of HR College in Churchgate was a bit nervous on the eve of his Class 12 exams. "I did not go online, did not watch television and most of the time my cell phone was not with me while I did my last minute revision. I am tense and hope I am able to recall what I have studied," said Batra.
State education board officials said they were confident the exams would go off smoothly. Nearly 17 lakh students from the state including 3.11 lakh from the city will appear for the HSC exams this year. On Tuesday, more than 2.8 lakh students from the city will appear for the English paper.
Teachers said that students should read the entire question paper once before writing the answers. "Presentation is the most important thing while writing the paper. Students should stick to the point and not write lengthy answers," said Celina Fernandes, English teacher at Jai Hind College in Churchgate.
"Students should be thorough with the text and they should pay special attention to essay type questions," added Fernandes, who has been teaching at Jai Hind for the past 15 years.