New Delhi: An estimated 10,98,981 and 8,86,506 students from across the country and abroad will respectively appear for the Class XII and Class X annual exams which are beginning from Thursday i.e. March 09, 2017. The exams are conducted every year by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
According to the data released by registration for the Class 12 exams saw a 2.82% increase whereas the registration for the Class 10 exams witnessed an increase of 15.73% as compared to the last year.
The examination for Class X will be conducted at 16,363 centres across the country. Students will appear for Class XII examination at 10,678 centres in India, according to the PTI.
Fifty-eight examination centres have also been set up in some Gulf countries and six in various other countries.
"The exam material has been dispatched to all the examination centres. Admit cards have been downloaded by all schools. Full-time observers will be appointed at sensitive centres by the Board," a senior CBSE official said.
She said arrangements with the state authorities and local police have been finalised to ensure trouble-free examinations throughout the country.
"The sealed question paper packets will be opened in the presence of at least four Assistant Superintendents- one of them would be from a school other than the examination centre, as a witness," she added.
The CBSE has a three-tier arrangement for surprise checking- flying squads from the Board itself, Delhi's Directorate of Education (DoE) and those from outside Delhi.
"Centre Superintendents have been asked to approach the local police authorities for ensuring that adequate police force is made available at the place of custody of the question papers and the examination centres.
"The state law-enforcing agencies have also been requested to provide adequate police force at the place of custody of question papers and the examination centres," the official said.
In a first, the board has also come up with a mobile application to help students locate their examination centre using their phone numbers.
This year's CBSE Class 12 and Class 10 exams are delayed because of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.
According to the Date Sheet released on the CBSE website, Class X and Class XII both exams will begin together on March 09, 2017. But, while the Class X exam will end on April 10, the Class XII 2017 exam will continue till April 29.