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Special students can use a scribe

Starting this week, we get your queries about the CBSE exams answered

education Updated: Feb 08, 2012 11:07 IST
Hindustan Times

What provisions are available for the special students during the board exams this year? Which all disabilities will you cover? What are the adjustments that the CBSE allows to such candidates?

The following concessions have been given to the physically challenged candidates by the CBSE:

1) Visually challenged students, those suffering from speech or hearing defects, dyslexic and candidates with disabilities as defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 are exempted from studying third language up to middle school level (i.e. Class 8); are permitted to use an amanuensis. The services of amanuensis are provided free of cost to the candidates by the board;

2) Spastic, visually challenged, physically challenged, dyslexic, autistic, and candidates with disabilities as defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 are permitted to use an amanuensis and shall be allowed an additional time as given below:
* For a three-hour paper, duration is 60 minutes
* For a two-and-a-half-hour paper, duration is 50 minutes
* For a two-hour paper, duration is 40 minutes
* For a one-and-a-half-hour paper, duration is 30 minutes

3) The centre superintendent is requested to make (every attempt to ensure that the sitting arrangements for the dyslexic, visually challenged, physically challenged, and spastic candidates are on the ground floor;

4) Alternate questions are provided in lieu of questions with visual inputs for the visually challenged candidates in English communicative and social science for Class 10 and history, geography and economics for Class 12 exams.

5) Question paper in Braille for science and mathematics at secondary level is being provided for visually challenged candidates in addition to Hindi and English versions. However, the candidates have to write the answers in Hindi or English medium only

6) Separate question papers in enlarged print for mathematics and science in Class 10 exams are provided for the visually challenged;

7) Spastic, visually challenged, physically challenged, dyslexic, autistic and candidates with disabilities as defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 have the option of studying one compulsory language as against two at the secondary level. This language should be in consonance with the overall spirit of the three language formula prescribed by the board. Besides one language any four of the following subjects be offered: mathematics, science, social science, another language, music, painting, home science, formation of information technology, commerce (elements of business) and commerce (elements of book keeping and accountancy).

8) Separate question paper in the subjects of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics for the senior school certificate (Class 10) examination is being provided for blind candidates

9) To facilitate easy access, a few selected schools are made examination centres for special students

10)The centre superintendent(s) are directed to send the answer books of special category students in separate covers to the regional office concerned

11) Visually challenged candidates from Delhi have the facility to use computer or a typewriter;

12) Teachers from blind schools are appointed as assistant superintendent(s) (invigilators) at the special examination centres. However, precaution be taken to appoint different subject teachers on different days;

13) A separate column has been provided on the title page of the answer book for indicating the category of physically challenged candidates so that these answer books could be segregated for sending them separately to the regional office of the board

14) Candidates are permitted to draw the diagrams etc. themselves, if desired by them

What is the procedure to reappear as a private candidate? Can one appear for the Class 10 and 12 exams without joining school at all?

Please refer to the procedure for submission of applications of private candidates provided in the secondary curriculum (pg 7-8) and the senior school curriculum (pg 11-12) documents brought out by the board for the board exam year 2013.

A candidate who had failed to qualify at the all-India/ Delhi secondary school exam/senior school certificate examination of the board will be eligible to reappear at the subsequent examination as a private candidate in the syllabi and text books as prescribed for the examination of the year in which he will reappear.

What’s the status of plus two level papers such as informatics practices, media studies, financial markets management? Are these vocational papers or elective? Is there any rule regarding taking the minimum number of elective papers in order to safeguard one’s chances of getting into a college? What if you take two of these papers? Can both be counted as part of best of four subjects for DU admissions?

The subjects, informatics practices and mass media studies are the elective subjects offered by the board at senior school level under the academic stream. Mass media and media production is a vocational course introduced by the board. Financial markets management is a vocational course that is a package of two subjects other than language, accountancy and any other academic elective.

Scheme of studies may be referred for specific course mentioned in the query. You should also refer to latest admission guidelines for Delhi University/concerned college/university.

Can an arts student with home science as one of the subjects apply for a BSc course in home science?

Yes, but it depends upon the combination of subjects laid down as admission criteria of concerned college/university.

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First Published: Feb 07, 2012 14:16 IST