This question bank comes hot on the heels of Tamil Nadu’s release of a similar question bank for State board students.

The Department of Education, in its efforts to improve the pass percentage of students in Class X, has released a question bank of possible exam questions and answers, to be distributed free of cost to all government school students.

Once the question banks are printed and ready, they will be distributed to the students during the Class X guidance program, ‘Sigarathai Noki’ that the Education Department conducts every year. It is expected that the programme will take place next week, Director of School Education E. Vallavan said.

“Studying from the question bank alone will guarantee a minimum pass mark for all the students. Although it is important to guarantee passing, the Department decided to release the question bank a little later to allow the students to study their subjects independent of the booklet. The booklet is meant to be only a supplementary study aid,” he said.

This question bank comes hot on the heels of Tamil Nadu’s release of a similar question bank for State board students.

The Department formed committees of five teachers for each subject, who analysed the previous year’s question papers and prepared the booklet using common questions and best possible answers to these questions. The Department will be printing 12,000 copies of the question bank.

The Sigarathai Noki programme, which was earlier conducted only in Puducherry, will now also be taking place in Karaikal. In Puducherry, the programme will take place in seven centres and in Karaikal there will be two centres. This guidance programme will help students understand the structure of the examination and how to prepare for it, he said.

The Department is currently deciding whether they will be putting the question bank online for easy access, he said.

Earlier, during the quarterly examination, the Department also conducted an assessment to see how the students were performing. Selected students were then given training on how to attempt answers to maximise the marks scored.

A similar question bank has been prepared for Physics and Chemistry for the Class XII examination, he said.