25 lakh students to appear for CBSE exams this year

25 lakh students to appear for CBSE exams this year
Over 25 lakh students have registered this year for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams-the highest in the history of the exam and 6.3% more than last year’s total.

According to the data provided by CBSE, a total of 14,99,122 candidates have registered for the Class X (both Board-based and school-based) exams as against 13,73,853 in 2015-an increase of almost 1.25 lakh. Similarly for Class XII Boards, 10,67,900 candidates have registered as against 10,40,368 in 2015.

Class X and XII board exams will begin from March 1 and end on March 28 and April 22, respectively.

Delhi, including foreign schools, registered the highest number of candidates-2.9 lakh for Class X and 2.7 lakh for Class XII boards. Panchkula region registered the second highest number of candidates, followed by Ajmer. There are 10 regions under CBSE. “There has been a significant increase in the number of schools getting affiliated to CBSE in the past two years. Also, many middle-level schools were upgraded to the secondary-level, which resulted in an increase in the number of Class X students. The same is true for Class XII,” said K K Chaudhary, controller of examinations, CBSE.

There are 15,309 CBSE-affiliated schools whose students will write the Class X exams this year and Panchkula region has the highest number of such schools. For Class XII Boards, there are 10,121 schools. A total of 3,747 centres will conduct the exams.

At least 4,781 (2,860 for Class X and 1,921 for Class XII) differently-abled candidates have registered for the exams, of which 2,287 are from the Delhi region. The group comprises mostly physically-handicapped students, followed by visually-impaired and dyslexics, respectively.

CBSE has already started free tele counselling sessions, which will continue till April 22. This year, 76 principals as well as trained counsellors from CBSE-affiliated government and private schools and a few psychologists are addressing exam-related queries.

CBSE also offers counselling to differently-abled children. Moreover, spastic, visually impaired, physically handicapped, dyslexic, autistic and candidates with disabilities are permitted to use a scribe or allowed compensatory time-60 minutes for a paper of three hours duration.

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