CBSE will send double encrypted question papers directly to the centres during the Class X compartmental examination. To make the entire process secured, this time, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will send double encrypted question papers directly to the centres during the Class X compartmental examination 2018. However, the exam will be continued from July 16 to 25. This process will be conducted on a pilot basis to check if it can effectively work for the paper leak hazard.
On Tuesday, HRD ministry cleared CBSE’s proposal in this regard and this move is a part of the bigger exam reformation that CBSE is trying to adopt after getting the public ire due to the paper leak controversy earlier this year and later, it leads to a re-test of the Class XII economics paper.
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Under the pilot, the question papers and passwords will be given to the centres 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled exam time. According to a CBSE source, “The centre superintendents will open the question papers with the unique passwords and print one copy and make photocopies to be distributed to the students”. However, a CBSE observer would be present, along with a unique password at each exam centre. Further, the source added, “A backup arrangement is also being made with printed question papers in case of any exigency,”
Subjects opted by fewer than 1,000 students would be chosen for this process and overall, it will be tested on approximately 4,000 students. Remember, this process would not be applied for the class XII compartmental exam 2018 as it is only a full day exam.
In this regard, the senior MHRD official said, “The Board has made a proposal so as to minimise the human intervention in delivery of the question papers to the centres. This is one measure which the ministry also received as a recommendation from the seven-member high powered committee set up by the ministry in April. The ministry therefore approved the pilot run as it will help understand how this system would work and what kind of fine tuning and innovation would be needed for a larger exam. It will also help to understand the logistics that will be needed for such an operation.” Moreover, this experience would be quite helpful while implementing the same during the next exams in March 2019.
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