Disability related Relaxations during Board Exams

Q.1 What are the types of disabilities for which Board grants concessions?
Ans. Blind, Physically Handicapped, Dyslexics, Autistic and Spastic Candidates
Q.2 Authority from whom the medical certificate has to be obtained?
Ans. From a medical officer not below the rank of an Assistant Surgeon of a Government Hospital.
Q.3 Whether the request for obtaining concessions has to be submitted through the school or directly?
Ans. The request alongwith the medical documents and concessions required has to be sent through the Head of the Institution in which the student is studying, duly recommended by the Head of the institution.
Q.4 What are the concessions given by the Board for the examinations?
Ans. The following concessions are provided by the Board for the examinations:
  1. exemption from studying third language up to middle school level (i.e. Class VIII);
  2. permission to use an amanuensis;
  3. the amanuensis should be a student of class lower than the one for which the candidate will be taking the examination;
  4. the candidate pays the fee as prescribed for use of the amanuensis to the Board. However, the Blind, Physically Handicapped or Spastic candidates are being provided services of an amanuensis free of cost;
  5. the amanuensis is paid remuneration as prescribed from time to time by the Board;
  6. the candidate is permitted to use the services of an amanuensis in all or any of the papers. Services of same amanuensis is taken for all the papers.
  7. the candidates are being permitted to draw the diagrams, etc. themselves, if desired by them.
  8. Additional time as under is given in each paper:
  9. For paper of 3 hours duration 60 minutes For paper of 2 ½ hours duration 50 minutes For paper of 2 hours duration 40 minutes For paper of 1 ½ hours duration 30 minutes
  10. Alternative type questions are provided in lieu of questions having visual inputs for the blind candidates in English Communicative and Social Science for Class X and History, Geography and Economics for Class XII;
  11. Separate question papers in enlarged print for Mathematics and Science & Technology in Class X are provided;
  12. Blind candidates from Delhi have the facility to use computer or a typewriter for writing answers;
  13. Blind candidates have been permitted to offer subjects like Music, Home Science, etc. which are not available in the school and to study these subjects privately as subjects of extended learning.
Q.5 If a student fails in the pre Board examination conducted by the school, can he/she be detained from appearing in Class X or XII Board's exam?
Ans. No, certainly not, if he/she is otherwise eligible.
Q.6 Is it possible for a student who has failed in Science stream in class XII to change subjects to pass at subsequent examinations?
Ans. Yes, but with prior permission of the Board.
Q.7 What is the eligibility criteria for a student to appear as a private candidate in Board examination?
Ans. The Board prescribes following conditions under which a candidate can appear privately: -
  1. Failed candidates
  2. Teachers serving in educational institutions
  3. Regular candidates of the previous year who have completed regular course of studies and have been allotted Roll No. but could not appear due to medical reasons except shortage of attendance as laid down in the Examination Bye-laws.
  4. Women candidates who are bonafide residents of NCT of Delhi (only from Delhi).
  5. Physically handicapped students (only from Delhi).
Q.8 What is the procedure of appearing in additional subject?
Ans. An additional subject may be offered within 6 years of passing the examination of the Board provided the additional subject is prescribed in the Scheme of Studies. No exemption from time limit is given after six years. This facility is available at the annual examination only.
However, candidates appearing in six subjects at the Senior School Certificate (Class XII) Examination and being declared pass by virtue of replacement of subject may appear in the failing subject at the Compartment Examination to be held in July/August the same year.
Q.9 Is it compulsory for a student to repeat the practical examination also if he/she fails in theory?
Ans. The candidate shall appear only in theory part and his/her previous practical marks will be carried forward and accounted for if he/she has passed in practical.
Q.10 What are the exemptions provided in examinations to physically challenged and dyslexic candidates?
Ans. Dyslexic/spastic/physically handicapped students have the option of studying one compulsory language as against two and any four subjects from the following:
  1. Mathematics, Science, Social Science, 2nd language, Music, Painting, Home Science and Introductory Information Technology, Commerce (Elements of Business) and Commerce (Element of Book Keeping and Accountancy)
    1. Additional time as given below for each paper is provided to the students
      1. For paper of 03 hours 60 minutes
      2. For paper of 2 ½ hours 50 minutes
      3. For paper of 02 hours 40 minutes
      4. For paper of 1 ½ hours 30 minutes
    2. Physiotherapy exercises are considered equivalent to Physical and Health Education
    3. Amanuensis is provided free of cost to such students.
    4. Exemption from examination in 3rd language upto Class VIII.
Q.11 I wish to improve my performance in Chemistry and Maths. Is it possible and how?

A candidate who has passed Class X or XII examination of the Board may re-appear for improvement of performance in one or more subjects in the main examination in the succeeding year only. The candidate may appear privately; those re-appearing for the entire examination can also appear as regular candidate if admitted by the school.

- For subjects involving practical work, if the candidate has passed the practical examination, he or she will be allowed to appear only in theory part.

Q.12 Does the Board provide any supplementary material for students preparing for X & XII examinations?
Ans. Yes, the Board publishes Sample Question Papers and Marking Schemes in main subjects in Class X & XII which can be purchased from any of the Board's offices or downloaded from the Board's website www.cbse.nic.in.
Q.13 Are the questions of Sec. Exam. strictly based on NCERT books?
Ans. NCERT books are prescribed for studies as they cover the prescribed syllabus. It is, therefore, advisable to concentrate on these books.
Q.14 Are the questions of Sr. Sec. Exam. strictly based on NCERT books?
Ans. NCERT books are recommended for studies as they cover the prescribed syllabus. At Sr. Sec. level there is no harm in consulting other books also.
Q.15 Is it compulsory to pass in theory and practical exams. separately?
Ans. Yes, it is compulsory to pass separately in the subjects involving theory and practical in Class XII.
Q.16 Is a student required to appear in all subjects in improvement examination?
Ans. No, the student can appear in one or more than one subject as per his/her choice at the annual examination only. Improvement exam. can be taken only in the successive year of passing Class X/XII exams. However, candidates passing under Vocational Scheme may reappear in the succeeding year or the following year provided they have not pursued higher studies. Candidates can appear for improvement of performance in the subjects(s) only in which they have been declared pass and not in the subject in which they have been declared fail.
Q.17 What are the kinds of questions asked in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and how should one attempt the questions?
Ans. The Board publishes Sample Question Papers in all the main subjects every year along with Marking Schemes. It is better to procure a copy of each publication. Board's website www.cbse.nic.in can also be visited. Generally the questions asked are based on the Sample Question Papers.
Q.18 Is there negative marking for exceeding word limit?
Ans. No, the marks are not cut for exceeding the word limit. However, it is better to restrict to the specified word limit. This should be practiced at the time of revision, which will also help in
completing the paper within the allotted time.
Q.19 How many sets of question papers are distributed in examination hall in Board's examination?
Ans. The Board prepares three sets of questions papers in all the main subjects having equal difficulty level.
Q.20 Is it possible to score 80% in Maths in Class X after studying from the NCERT books, latest CBSE Sample Question papers and other Sample Papers?
Ans. Marks would entirely depend upon the preparation and performance during examination. It is, therefore, advisable to remain focused and do your best.
Q.21 Will a student lose marks if he/she opts for Hindi as a medium for writing +2 examination?
Ans. Certainly not. The Board gives option of medium to the students to answer questions in Hindi or English. The marks are deducted only in case of wrong answers.
Q.22 What are the changes in the pattern of Examination in Class XII this year?
Ans. The changes in question paper design and weightages are mentioned in Sample Question Papers in each stream. A copy of Marking Scheme can also be bought from the Headquarter / Regional Office or downloaded from Board's website.
Q.23 If a student decides to drop one year, what will be the syllabus applicable for the next examination, the old or the new ?
Ans. The candidate will have to study the syllabus recommended for the year in which he/she plans to give the examination.
Q.24 What are the rules for condonation of attendance?
  1. A candidate must have atleast 75% attendance in the classes held : counted from the day of commending teaching of classes X/XII as the case may be upto the 1st of the month preceding the month in which the examination of the Board commences. Shortage up to 15% may be condoned by the Chairman. Cases of candidates with attendance below 60% in class X/XII, as the case may be, shall be considered for condonation of shortage of attendance by the Chairman only in exceptional circumstances created on medical grounds such as serious diseases like cancer, AIDS, T.B. or similar serious diseases requiring long period of hospitalization.
    For students participating in Sports at National level organized by recognized Federations/ CBSE/SGFI the attendance required will be atleast 60%.
  2. Death of a parent
  3. Authorized participation in sponsored tournaments and Sports meet of at least inter school level and NCC/NSS camps.
  4. Authorized participation in Sports at National level organized by recognized Federations/ CBSE/SGFI.
Q.25 Are marks deducted for missing steps in Maths?
Ans. Yes, marks are deducted for missing steps. It will be better to get a copy of the Marking Scheme to know about the weightage and steps and practice accordingly.
Q.26 Is the candidate allowed to see the answer script in case the result is not as per the expectations?
Ans. No. There is no provision of showing answer scripts. The candidate can apply for scrutiny, for reconfirmation of marks.
Q.27 If a candidate passes in the additional subject but fails in one of the main subjects, what will the result show?
Ans. The candidate will be considered as having passed the examination in such a case. A language will replace a language only. For further details the scheme of examinations and bye-laws can be referred to.
Q.28 Is it compulsory to use ink pen for writing answers in Board exams?
Ans. Always use blue or royal blue ink pen while writing the answers. Also try to write in neat and legible handwriting.
Q.29 How can one get good marks in Maths in Secondary class? Are there any guess papers/ Bank of important questions published by the Board?
Ans. The preparation in Maths essentially depends upon written practice and revising the entire syllabus. Try to solve each and every problem given in the exercises in NCERT textbook. The Board does not publish any guess papers/Bank of important questions. It will be better to practice from the Sample Question Papers.
Q.30 Will the question paper of Maths be different than the two blue prints given in the Sample Question Paper for Class X?
Ans. Based on the same design any number of the question papers can be prepared. The Board may generate another blue print in addition to two blue prints included in the document.
Q.31 Will the examiner cut marks if the answers are not written in serial order?
Ans. No marks are cut. However, it is advised that the answers should be written in correct serial order as far as possible.
Q.32 What is the procedure followed in marking the answers?
Each answer is divided into steps and marks are given in accordance to the weightage assigned for these steps. It is advised that a copy of Marking Scheme be procured to get a clear idea.
Q.33 In Class X Board exam. can the answers to the questions written in random order?
Ans. Answers to the questions can be written in random order as long answers are numbered correctly. However since the answer scripts of Science will be evaluated by two examiners, answer should be written section-wise. Within the section any order may follow.
Q.34 Does poor handwriting affect performance in the Board exams? What is the correct speed rate to follow?
Ans. Answers should be written in a hand which can be read easily by the examiner. Being neat and legible is important. There is no speed rate prescribed. It is better to divide time and plan answers while reading the question paper in the beginning.
Q.35 If one gets good marks in the pre-boards what does it indicate? Will the marks in the Board also be good as well?
Ans. Getting good marks in the Pre-boards clearly indicates that one has prepared well. Being consistent in preparations will definitely fetch good marks in board exams as well.
Q.36 Is it true that longer answers in Hindi fetch better marks, as opposed to English?
Ans. The marks are not related to the length of the answers but to the relevant value points which must be covered both in Hindi as well as in English and even in other subjects.