The wait is finally over. At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, lakhs of students who took the State board class XII examination will know how much they scored.

Over 7.5 lakh students in Tamil Nadu appeared for the higher secondary examination held this March, of whom as many as 50,293 students were from Chennai.

Students in Chennai took the examination at nearly 100 centres across the city. Chennai, the revenue district, had been divided into three educational districts – south Chennai, east Chennai and north Chennai.

After the paper correction work that spanned a month, the results are being declared on Tuesday. Results day is often packed with excitement for some and hard work for many. The Director of Government Examinations usually announces the results at DPI, Nungambakkam, amid the buzz of excited camera crews, impatient reporters and tensed officials.

Soon after, school heads will be busy making toppers' tallies to know flaunt its record to the media. Toppers will be busy gearing up for television interviews, even as their parents stuff sweets into their achiever-child's mouth to create quick photo opportunities. Friends of toppers would cheer them wearing wide smiles, quite content with their own performance as well.

Career guidance experts will get into some swift number crunching, to speculate possible cut off marks for medical and engineering admission this year. Such drama is unique to this day. Year after year.

It's a big day for the Directorate, too. Handling the conduct of examinations for nearly 8 lakh candidates all over Tamil Nadu, and later collating the results is no mean task.

Speaking on the preparations, D. Vasundaradevi, director of government examinations said: “This year, we have gone completely online. There is no hassle of sending across CDs to the districts and so on. The chief educational officer of each district will access the results in their respective offices, while schools can simultaneously go online and view the results.”

Once the results are out, the excitement lasts for barely one day, for the focus almost immediately, shifts to the admission process. While most students in the science stream aspire to make it to a top medical or engineering institute, a few live on an island holding on to a different kind of dream – pursuing the pure sciences and, possibly, research later.

Anna University, which recently ran out of application forms, will resume sale on May 24 and the last date for submitting completed forms is June 6. Engineering counselling will be held from July 7 to August 8.

As for medical admissions, the last date for receipt of completed forms has been extended up to 5 p.m. of June 6. The merit list will be published on June 25 and the first phase of counselling will begin on July 5.

In regard to students in the commerce or the humanities stream, a range of options in the city's arts and science colleges beckon. Institutions are gearing up for registration of application forms, where candidates submit it along with the print out of the mark sheet.

A majority of colleges started sale of application forms on May 2 and will have to continue for at least 10 working days after the class XII results are declared, as per a directive from the Directorate of Collegiate Education.

Plus-Two results will be available on a host of websites, including those of the directorate of government examinations.

For details, visit: http://dge1.tn.nic.in, http://dge2.tn.nic.in, or http://dge3.tn.nic.in.