On Sunday evening, Amrut Dalvi, 17, didn’t show the slightest hint of pre-exam jitters. With Class 12 board exams set to begin on Tuesday, Dalvi, student of Gokhale College at Borivli is well-prepared.
“It’s revision time and I am more or less set for the exams. It shouldn’t be too difficult, I hope,” said Dalvi who will appear for English, the first paper, on February 21. He is, however, a an exception.
Pre-exam anxiety and stress appears to have set in amongst the students, with the Mumbai division’s helpline
number that started operations on February 14 received as many as 73 calls in the last two days.
“Most queries have been related to hall tickets, exam centres, seating arrangements and the exam timetable,” said Ashok Patil, who was manning the board’s helpline on Sunday. “The stress-related calls usually begin once exams start.”
This year, a little more than three lakh students will appear for the Class 12 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams from the Mumbai division.
Around 13.6 lakh students will take the exam from across the state.
Like last year, this year too, a greater number of commerce students – 1.76 lakh – have registered for the HSC exam. While more than 80,000 students have registered for the science stream, there are 50,000 students appearing for the exam from the Arts stream.
The HSC exams will be conducted across 198 centres and 481 sub-centres in the Mumbai division.
Across the state there will be about 2,500 centres. Across the state, 247 flying squads will patrol exam centres to keep tabs on cheating cases. Closed-circuit television cameras will also be installed in centres with frequent incidents of cheating.
“Every centre will have a local committee on the spot to ensure that no cheating takes place,” said S Dhekane, the board’s secretary.
“A first information report will also be filed against students caught copying.”