The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been using its newly launched digital marking system for the first time to evaluate board exam papers. The 'on-screen marking' (OSM) system is highly efficient in eliminating errors to a large extent, slowly though.
The OSM system is being used for all the major subjects of the Class X exams — English, Hindi, mathematics, science and social science, and for Class XII it is used to evaluate English and Economics papers. The process of OSM system entails centrally uploading scanned copy of answer-scripts for the subjects, followed by downloading of the same at the evaluation centres for online correction/checking.
In OSM system, the time taken to check each answer-copy may have increased but that doesn’e mean it will delay the results. As said by a source from some school, in the pen-and-paper system, the evaluation process would complete in 12-15 days, and with OSM, it'll take 20-25 days. But at the same time, the OSM saves time on the rest of the process, said the source.