January 8, 2013, 12:00 am
As the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates for Class 10 and 12 exams, the regional office of CBSE, Guwahati, has started preparations for the coming exams. Moreover, from this time, the board has introduced problem solving assessment for students of Class 9 and 11.
KK Choudhury, Regional officer of CBSE, said, "Both Class 10 and 12 exams will begin from March 1. With just two months left, preparations are in full swing to finalize the centre, issuing of admit cards, preparation of attendance sheets and appointment of external examiners. There will be 297 centres all over the northeast."
Approximately 1 lakh candidates both from class 10 and 12 will appear for the exams this time. The process of dispatching answerscripts has already started, Admit cards and attendance sheets will reach the centres by mid-February and , the regional officer added.
He said, the practical exams for Class 12 will start from January 16 and will get over by February 16. The board has already appointed external examiners for conducting the practical exams in different schools as per the schedule. Unlike other years, this time 3 sets of question papers will be administered.
Last year, 86,000 candidates from 770 schools all over the northeast appeared for the exams and there were 292 centres all over the region, he added
"Apart from this, the board has introduced problem solving assessment for Class 9 and 11 for the first time. The students will be given OMR sheets and they have to answer the questions only by darkening the options given below. All the questions will be objective type. This test is contentless and there is no prescribed syllabus for the exam. The students have to study their prescribed textbooks but the questions will be application based. This has been introduced basically for testing the ability of children to solve different problems on a set of questions," he added.