Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The number of candidates in special categories who will appear at the Class XII annual examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education has gone up to 1,707 this year from 870 in 2008.

The number of such candidates in Class X is a high 2,228 in 2009 compared with 1,608 last year.

The annual examination for both the classes will begin this coming Monday. The Class XII students finish their exam schedule on April 2, while the last exam for Class X is on March 30.

Over 14.6 lakh students from both the classes will appear at the examination this year, according to a note from the CBSE on Friday.

The total number of registered candidates for the Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII) is 637,578, including 264,248 girls, which has gone up from 549,344 in 2008.

As many as 824,438 students, comprising 336,963 girls, will write the Secondary School Examination (Class X) compared with 765,687 last year.

In Delhi region, the number of registered candidates for Classes XII and X is 181,393 and 231,651, respectively.

The number of students in special categories for this region is 564 (Class XII) and 774 (Class X).