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Coming Late for CBSE Class 10th or 12th Exam? You have no entry!

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Gone are the days when students of class 10th and 12th CBSE who came late for the exam were allowed to attend the exam without any hassles or issues. According to the latest update, the Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to ban late entry of students into the examination hall. The CBSE will not allow the students to attend the exam if they come late to the centres.

This rule of banning late students’ entry into the examination hall will come into effect from next year i.e. 2019. This drastic step was taken following the ban of late entry of students in all the competitive exams such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), National Eligibility –cum Entrance Test (NEET), or Common Admission Test (CAT). The students are not allowed to enter the examination hall after the stipulated time in all these competitive exams. Therefore, students of class 10th and 12th should be seated by 10.15 a.m. at their respective centres from the coming year 2019.

According to a source from the human resource development ministry, this step will be taken to make the exams more secured. The Board also tried encrypted question papers method to avoid the incidents of examination question paper leaks.


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The regular entry time for students taking class 10th and 12th board exams is at 9.30 a.m. The question papers are distributed at 10.15 a.m. The students are given 15 minutes time to read the question paper. The exam starts at 10.30 a.m. However, students were allowed to make late entry until 11.00 a.m. Sometimes, students were also allowed to enter the examination hall at 11.15 a.m., in case of emergencies. It was completely at the discretion of the centre heads to allow students so late or not. This schedule was followed until the board examinations conducted in March-April 2018. However, from 2019, strict rules will be followed by the board and any late entry will not be entertained.

The CBSE Board has also conducted exams recently using the double encrypted question papers during the compartmental exams from July 16th to 25th as a pilot test. They are scaling up the process and are likely to introduce the same in the main exams in March 2019 on a lower scale.

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