CBSE Board Exam for Class 10 & Class 12, Commence Today!

CBSECentral Board of Secondary Education board (CBSE) has commenced the board exams for 10th and 12th on 2nd march 2015. Being the largest educational body in the nation, CBSE is all set to conduct exams in more than 3500 exam centres across the nation. This year the expected number of students those who sat for the exam is around 24 lakhs, out of which 13,75,000 appeared for CBSE class 10th  Board exams and around 11,00,000 appeared for CBSE class 12th Board exams. This year, a hike of 3.07 percent in the number of students taking the exams for class 10 and a hike of 1.01 percent in the number of students taking the exams for class 12; has been noticed.

Amongst all the students those who have registered for the CBSE exams, over 9 lakh students are female students and over 14 lakh students are male students. This year, not only the number of students has increased, but also the number of examination centers has been increased from 17 to 20. (These figures are based on the circular issued by the CBSE board). The exams for class 12 will commence on 2nd march and will get completed by 20th April; where for class 10 the exams will commence on 2nd march and get completed by 26th march. The exams for class 10 and class 12 will begin at 10:30 a.m. If you compare this hike with last year’s hike, the hike in students enrolling for class 10 was approximately 5.01 percent; which was higher than this year’s hike.

CBSE board has decided to include Value Based Questions, where student’s performance will be analyzed on the basis of value they choose. These questions are based on the content and students can access them or practice them on CBSE’s official website. This change was announced on 2nd Feb 2015, where it was made official that instead of objective type of questions, application based questions will be asked. This change was seen in many sample papers and has been introduced in all subjects.

Paper Pattern

Paper PatternApart from these value based questions, students had three sections namely A, B and C. Section A had three passages and students required to answer them questions related to these passages. Section A carried 20 marks. Section B carried 40 marks, which comprised of grammar and writing. Generally, students are asked to write either a letter or an article, but this year students required writing a poster and making the grammatical corrections.

Grammatical corrections included filling the gaps and omitting or highlighting the grammatical errors in the questions. Section C was a literature section where students were asked to answer the questions from the syllabus for scoring 40 marks. This style was something similar to the pattern that was witnessed last year. However the key differences were that last year (2014) students were required to write a speech on corruption as a journalist, essays and article were asked; and questions from novels and literature were asked. Thus, it would not be wrong to say that not much of difference between both the papers was noticed.


This year, students are expected to take exams amongst tight security as government will be deploying three police officials outside each center. Also, to make sure that students do not opt for any unfair practices during the exams; following steps have been taken:

  • Flying Squads comprising principals of different schools

  • Flying Squad from the Directorate Office

  • Special Bystanders from outside

Security FeaturesNot only this, the material for exams have already been dispatched to the exam centers and it is ensured that all the examination centers have an adequate infrastructure and amenities for smooth and proper conducting of exams. It is instructed that the sealed question papers will not be open if there are less than four superintendents present- one from school and one from different examination center as a witness. The custody of question papers is fortified by adequate police force, so that no tampering with them can be done. In some places, to ensure that the examinations are conducted without any glitches, Section 144 (which states that no more than 5 people should gather in mass at a given place).

With, strict security and improved grading system; now the wait will be to see the score / percentage of students clearing the exam, and this will be something that most of the people will be eyeing upon. Last year, the overall percentage was 82.66 percent for class 12 and for class 10 it was approximately 98.7 percent. Let’s hope that this year a new record in the scoring or the grading system will be made and also would like to see whether girls will be again able to outshine boys or not?

Student’s Response

Student’s ResponseThis year’s English paper seemed to be little easy (as compared to previous year’s paper) as many students said that ‘English is a very comfortable subject and so it was easy to attempt’; while some say that English paper was quite similar to the one in the pre-board and was indirect. The questions were to be read twice, in order to be understood and answered correctly.

With the commencement of the board examination, many parents and students are little relaxed; as they are positive about the question and exam pattern. They know what to expect and this will help them in preparing for next set of exams. I wish all the students of Class 10 and Class 12 ‘All the Best’ for rest of their examinations and hope to see hued results!!

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