A total of 16,38,428 candidates have registered for the Class X examination, while 11,86,306 candidates have registered for Class XII examination.
The Class X board examination has been reintroduced from this year after the government decided to do away with the Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) adopted earlier. For Class X, this will be the first traditional board exam after a gap of seven years. The exam will be conducted at 4,453 centres across India and 78 centres outside India.
Similarly, for Class XII, the exam will be held at 4,138 centres in India and 71 centres abroad.
“The board has made appropriate arrangements with state authorities and local police to ensure trouble-free examinations throughout the country,” a CBSE official said.
Candidates suffering from diabetes are allowed to carry eatables inside the examination centres. However, the candidates are not allowed to carry packed food items like chocolate, candy, sandwich, etc, in the examination hall.
From this year, CBSE is also allowing candidates with special needs to write their exams using laptops but their devices will have to undergo an inspection by the computer teacher at the exam centre, and no Internet access will be allowed.
According to The Indian Express, CBSE will also provide scribe to all those who are unable to write the exam due to a sudden illness. In case a student is unable to write the exam because of a sudden accident or illness, the same shall be certified by a medical officer.
A total of 4,510 and 2,846 differently-abled candidates have registered for the Class X and XII examinations respectively.
The CBSE, on 27 February, also decided to relax pass mark criteria for Class X students for this year only. According to a notification from the board, it was decided to implement overall 33 percent pass mark criteria for 2017-2018 batch of students only. A student has to secure total 33 percent (internal assessment and board exam marks, taken together) in the 2018 exam.