In their recent announcement, CBSE has included Type-1 diabetes under “Person with Disability” (PwD) category this year. Students giving the exam this year can fill the forms under this category. This is applicable for both the grade 10th and 12th.

Until now CBSE allowed only insulin-dependent students to carry eatables such as sugar tablets, chocolates, candies inside the examination hall as they need frequent meals to avoid hypoglycaemia, which is dangerous for their life.

The exams commence from 5th March and students have been asked to apply under the physical disability category to avail of these concessions.

This decision of CBSE, however, has sparked a discussion as Type-1 Diabetes is not listed under Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2017. And this step could lead to complications as these students might later seek benefits under the disability act.

The issue is worth discussing but for now, Type-1 Diabetes is considered under disability category in upcoming boards exams.

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