CBSE board exam for class X and XII starts today. For class X exam 8,86,506 candidates would attend the exam which is 15.73 per cent higher than previous year attendance, around 10,98,981 students would appear for Class XII exams which are 2.82 per cent higher than last year’s number. From the next academic session, the number of students is expected to rise much more owing to the board making the board exams mandatory for students as currently, these exams are optional. For class X there are 16,363 exam centres across the country whereas for class XII there are 10,678 exam centres available for students.
Outside the country, there are fifty-eight exam centres available in gulf countries and six centres for other different countries. As per the words of a CBSE official, the exam materials have been dispatched to all exam centres and schools have downloaded the admit cards and the board would entrust observers of sensitive centres on full-time basis. To ensure a smooth running of exams, the board has made arrangements with local police and state officials across the country.
The question paper packets in sealed form would be opened in the presence of a minimum of four attendants including one from a school not belonging to the exam centre as the witness. The board has a three tier setting of flying squads for surprise checking including outside Delhi, the board and Directorate of Education (DoE). Earlier, the board had launched a mobile application for students to locate their exam centres.