Here is very important news for the candidates who will be appearing for CBSE class 10 and 12 examinations next year. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to completely bar students who appear late in the board examinations (Class 10 and Class 12) from next year. The board had imposed a similar rule in all competitive exams that come under its aegis. According to the new rule, all candidates will have to be seated by 10.15 am.
At present, the official entry time at the exam centers begins at 9.30am and distribution of question papers starts at 10.15am while 15 minutes are given for reading it. Although the exam starts at 10.30am, students, till this year exams, were allowed 'late entry' till 11 am and 'emergency entry' till 11.15am.
"Exams like JEE or NEET and even CAT are secured for a number of reasons and one of them is strict entry timings. No student is allowed beyond the stipulated timing," said the ministry source to TOI. CBSE's step will help it streamline the exam process, which has been marred recently by incidents of leaks, he added. According to a senior ministry official, CBSE is going to issue a circular for strict compliance with the entry timing and the center supervisors will be accountable for its strict implementation.
Earlier, Tech giant Microsoft today said it has partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to run a pilot to digitally encrypt question papers for class 10th compartmental examinations, aimed at enhancing security and seamless distribution of the papers. The solution was successfully tested as a pilot project in the recently held Class 10th compartmental examinations across 487 centers with about 4,000 students, Microsoft said in a statement.
It added that the Controller of Examination could track the entire process using a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365 and that the technology was deployed by CBSE without a security breach. The overall process was automated to be highly secure with encryption, two-factor authentication, and access to download the exam papers at the examination center was given only 30 minutes prior to the start time, the statement explained. The solution leverages features in Office 365 to encrypt and watermark the papers. This watermark has the center's code imprinted on it, which allows for localisation and traceability in the eventuality of a paper leak.