The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has come out with “student friendly” changes in question papers of Class X and XII boards examinations, officials confirmed.

The CBSE has decided to increase objective type questions and question options. “However, this year, it will be increased to 25%. This will boost the confidence of students and help them score better,” says a CBSE source. “If a student is not confident about a certain question, he/she will have 33% more question options to choose from,” the official said.

Moreover, students can expect a more structured question paper with more of subsections. “At present, except the objective type, the questions are jumbled and not divided into sections. Students can attend papers in a more systematic manner,” said the official.

In a move to prevent paper leak, the board has devised a mechanism for real-time tracking of centre superintendents who are designated to collect “confidential material” via a mobile application. Last year, two question papers (Class X mathematics and Class XII economics) were leaked and the board had to reconduct the economics exam. It did not reconduct the maths exam as there was a “limited leak”.

“The secured mobile application will record the timing of centre superintendents collecting question papers from designated agencies and will also track their movements till they reach exam centres and open question paper packets,” said the official.

Around 13 lakh candidates and 18 lakh candidates have registered for class XII and Class X exams this year respectively. The board exams will commence from March 7 and will end on March 25. 

Total 1827472 students, 1070579 boys, 756893 girls & 22 transgenders, to appear from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board in Class 10th examination. Total 1287359 students, 748498 boys, 538861 girls & 6 transgender to appear from CBSE board in Class 12th examination.

On the other hand, CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi said that the board will declare the results of Class XII a week in advance. Talking to a news daily Tripathi said, “The Board has always been under pressure to conduct the exams of over 200 subjects within 45 days, so we have decided to conduct the exams early. The big benefit is that we will be able to complete the evaluation ahead of time and also announce the results a week in advance”.

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