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More time in exam hall

If you are worried sick about the Board examinations, it's time to rest easy. The Central Board of Secondary Education will be implementing some of its student-friendly measures aimed at reducing stress from the 2006 exams itself.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 13:45 IST

CBSE gives 15 minutes extra ‘cool-off’ period to read questions

If you are worried sick about the Board examinations, it's time to rest easy. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be implementing some of its student-friendly measures aimed at reducing stress from the 2006 exams itself. Students will be given an extra 15 minutes “cool-off” time, to help them organise their thoughts before writing the exams.

“This time should be used by students to read the question paper thoroughly,” said Ashok Ganguly, chairman, CBSE, at a press conference here. The Board also announced that the question papers of some subjects have been redesigned so that a student can finish the paper in two-and-a-half hours and use the remaining 30 minutes for revision.

“The number of questions have not been decreased,” said Ganguly. “But we have shortened the length of long questions so that they take less time to complete.” The 2005-06 batch of Class X has already begun with an internal evaluation in Social Science, which consists of 20 marks.

Thus, their question paper will be of 80 marks. Significantly, Class XII candidates who have passed by clearing five of the six subjects were not allowed to sit for the compartmental exams the same year.


This rule has been amended and students can now sit for the compartmental exam the same year.

SMART BOX
Stress busters
• Papers of some subjects redesigned to give last 30 minutes for revision
• For Class X, Math, Science, Social Science restructured
• For Class XII, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Economics, Accountancy & Business Studies redone