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CBSE scraps re-evaluation of answer sheets for Class XII students

Oct 5, 2016 11:00 IST

    There is some disappointing news for CBSE Class 12 students sitting the CBSE board exams in 2017! The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to do away with the practice of re-evaluation of answer sheets for Class XII students from the next year.

    The decision to scrap the answer sheet re-evaluation for CBSE Class XII was taken Board’s governing body meeting held in June, said CBSE chairman Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi. Stressing on the subject, he also said that the decision was taken keeping in mind the increasing number of requests for answer sheet re-evaluation of answer sheets by students and lack of resources on part of the board to handle these requests.

    Talking about statistics, CBSE chairman said that currently, around 1.8% of the total number of students appearing for CBSE Board exam apply for re-evaluation, which is a significantly high number. However, the number of students who actually benefit from the process is very low.

    In addition to this, the facility for the re-evaluation of CBSE Board Exam answer sheets is only available for just 12 of 187 subjects, which is again unfair to other students. Keeping these two points in mind, the Board has taken the decision to scrap the re-evaluation facility for CBSE XII Board Exam.

    However, the Board has not completely done away with the re-evaluation policy as of now. Under the new process, students who have a genuine concern about their marks can file an application with the regional office, after which a committee will look into the request and the need for re-evaluation. However, the review would be done very scarcely only on case by case bases.

    CBSE had started offering re-evaluation facility to students who have appeared for the board exam in 2014. Under this policy, students could request answer sheets of 12 of the total 187 subjects, including physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology can challenge the marks accorded to them by the examiner. The re-evaluation policy was brought into force in response to the new two-tier JEE Exam format of JEE Main and JEE Advanced for admission to premier engineering institutes) in the country.

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