December 21, 2013, 12:24 pm
The CBSE exams for Classes X and XII, which are going to start on March 1, 2014, will break all records in terms of number of candidates. Overall, 22.65 lakh students are going to take the 2014 exams against 21.76 lakhs in March 2013.
The Class X exam will, for the first time, get over 13.25 lakh students, nearly 70,000 more than in March 2013. The count for the Class XII exam has increased by over 20,000. The schedule for both exams is likely to be released next week. According to CBSE officials, 13,25,627 candidates have registered for the Class X exam. Of these, 7.29 lakh students will sit for the school-based Summative II, while 5.96 lakhs will take the Board-based external exam. "The number of students taking the external and school-based exams has stabilized. Now, 55% students prefer the school-based exam," said CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi.
In 2014, students from around 14,700 schools-800 more than the previous year-will take the exams. "In Class XII, 9,40,228 candidates have registered. There has been a gradual increase in the number of candidates as many new schools have joined the CBSE system and numbers will go up significantly in next two years," said Joshi.