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Cool-off rule in force

BOARD EXAMS have just become easier. Starting this year, the CBSE will give a 15-minute "cool-off" period to students sitting the boards for classes X and XII. Also, some question papers have been restructured for the convenience of the students.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 12:01 IST

BOARD EXAMS have just become easier. Starting this year, the CBSE will give a 15-minute "cool-off" period to students sitting the boards for classes X and XII. Also, some question papers have been restructured for the convenience of the students.

The class XII exams begin from March 1 and will end on April 8. For class X, the exams begin on March 2 and will end on March 27.

CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly said, "Under the new system, the students will get question papers along with sealed answersheets at 10.15 a.m. The examination will begin at 10.30 a.m. The students can use this 15-minute gap to plan and think about their answers."

Ganguly said the board has also redesigned the question papers of some main subjects "so that students get a 30 minutes to revise their answers". He said the lengthy questions have been shortened.

The class X question papers for mathematics, science and social sciences have been redesigned. For class XII, Physics, biology, chemistry, economics, business studies, accountancy and mathematics papers have been restructured.
Class X students will also undergo internal assessment of 20 marks in social science. For the first time, they will face questions on disaster management, for 8 marks.

The CBSE also announced that class XII students, who have been declared “pass” by clearing only five subjects of their six subjects, will now be allowed to sit for the compartment examination for the sixth paper.

This year, over 4.5 lakh students will sit the class XII exams while over 6.4 lakh will take the class X exams. In Delhi, over two lakh students will appear for the class X exams while over 1.5 lakh will give the class XII exams. Entry to examination halls will start 45 minutes before the exam starts

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 12:01 IST