It’s D-Day for thousands of students in the city, who will appear for the first paper of the all-important Class 10 and 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board examinations, on Friday.

While the older batch will appear for the English examination, the others start with an optional paper, painting. Across the country, over 12 lakh students will appear for Class 10 exams this year, while over 9 lakh will sit for the crucial Class 12 exams.

A CBSE communiqué said this year the number of candidates registered for Class 10 exams is up by 6. 7 per cent at 12.59 lakh. There is a 15.51 per cent increase in the number of students registered for Class 12 examinations, at 9.42 lakh.

The number of candidates in special categories (visually challenged, spastics, deaf and dumb) for both classes have seen a marginal rise.

The big day

Observing that the students were at an advantage as the first exam was English, K.L. Nagaraju, Assistant Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Regional Office) Bangalore, said: “The students are upbeat … English is comparatively easy and is a good launch pad to face the remaining exams.”

Some CBSE schools have also counselled their students to face their board exams. Mansoor Ali Khan, member, board of management, Delhi Public School, Bangalore and Mysore, said coaching for the exams was completed several weeks ago and the faculty and counsellors were counselling students on tackling the exams.

Class 10 students have the option of taking the board examination or the school examinations (that will begin on March 16). Mr. Khan said that 90 per cent of the students in the DPS schools in the city had opted for board exams as it provides the flexibility to switch over to other boards.

Coping with pressure

Students, on the other hand, are trying to cope with the pressure. Deepak P., a Class 12 student of the National Hill View Public School, said that he was treating it “like any other exam”. “I am trying to switch off and keep myself calm and composed.”

Another Class 12 student Ananth Vishnu said English is a piece of cake. “I am trying to focus on Physics and Chemistry as I find those hard,” he said.

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