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Cool off! 15-min extra time in Board Exams

CBSE has decided to restructure certain question papers and give an extra time of 15 minutes before each paper.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 21:30 IST

There is a good news for more than 11 lakh students, who will appear in this year's board examinations, as the CBSE has decided to restructure certain important question papers and give an extra time of 15 minutes before each paper as a "cool-off" period.

Barely a fortnight ahead of the annual examinations, the CBSE also announced starting of internal evaluation in Social Science subject and appointment of school principals as Chief Nodal Supervisors for evaluation purposes in cities where the density of schools are high.

From this year on, students will be given the question papers 15 minutes before the scheduled start of examinations as a cool-off period so that they can plan and organise themselves in a proper manner, CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly told reportersin New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Board has also decided to restructure 10 important question papers of Class 10 and 12 and give students an extra time of 30 minutes for revising their answers, he said elaborating the arrangements made by the board for the exams.

"We have decided to restructure Mathematics, Science and Social Science papers of Class 10 and Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Business Studies, Economics and Accountancy question papers for Class 12. This will enable the students to complete their papers in the allotted time," he said.

More than 11 lakh students, including nearly 2,000 in special categories, would appear in the Board examinations beginning March one in more than 4,500 centres across the country and abroad.

Making it clear that the number of questions would remain the same and no attempt was being made to simplify the paper, Ganguly said CBSE has rearranged the pattern of questions like reducing the word requirement of long-answer questions so that students can finish their paper in time.

"The focus is on destressing the exam procedure. Students appearing for these important subjects will get three hours time to complete the paper. We have changed the dimension of the question papers taking into consideration each and every question," he added.

From this year onwards, the Board is also implementing internal evaluation scheme in Social Science subject for Class 10. While 20 marks will be internally assessed, 80 marks will be earmarked for external assessment, he said.

For candidates appearing for improvement, compartment and reexaminations, the marks obtained by them out of 80 marks will be computed for 100 marks.

Another important change was that from now on candidates having six subjects in class 12 and declared pass in only five can appear in the failing subject at the Compartmental Examination held in July/August in the same year.

"This will help the students to clear the examination in the same year and in the desired subject," he added.

As a prelude to implementation of grading system in place of the existing marking scheme for the Board examinations from 2008, students appearing for examinations this year will be evaluated in both the forms, he added.

For this first time, the Class 10 question paper of social science will carry questions in disaster management for eight marks.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 20:15 IST