ICSE, ISC exams begin

CBSEs from tomorrow

cbTesting times Students write an ICSE exam at St Ann’s High School in Rajajinagar on Monday. DH photoStudents of both classes appeared for the English language paper.

This year, nearly 1.23 lakh students from Class 10 and 58,000 students from Class 12 are appearing for examinations across India. The examinations will conclude on March 26 for Class 10 and March 31 for Class 12.

While the other national board — CBSE — has made the Class 10 board examination optional, the CISCE has not budged from its earlier position. This year, the number of students appearing for the examinations has increased by 5 per cent. Uttar Pradesh, followed by West Bengal and Maharashtra, have the maximum number of students attending the examinations this year.

Abdul Nisar, a Class X student from Clarence School, said the English Paper I was as easy as expected. “I did panic a bit since this is the first board exam that I have ever appeared for. But once the question paper arrived, it was like any other exam,” he said.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will also conduct its board examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 from Tuesday. The examinations for both Class X and Class 12 will begin at 10.30 am.

For Class 10, the first paper will be Indian languages, and the examination will conclude on March 25.

For Class XII, students from the science stream will have to appear for Physics, while others will appear for papers depending on the stream. The Class 12 examinations will conclude on April 13.

This is the first year that the CBSE has made Class 10 board examination optional, following significant reforms taken up last year.

The move is expected to benefit students who plan to continue in the same school even after Class 10. However, a large number of students are believed to have opted for the board examination so as to keep their options open.

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