Published: 19th February 2019
The Board Exam wrap: What's allowed and what's not in the exam halls
Keeping the issue of diabetic children in sight, the CBSE, in a circular, has allowed students to carry eatables into the examination hall
There has always been a confusion about what's allowed and what's prohibited inside an examination hall. Students sitting for their board exams should not have to worry about these formalities. To clear the confusion, we list all the rules to follow in examination halls so you can have a stress-free atmosphere.
It is compulsory (obviously!) for all students to carry their admit cards to the exam centres. The CBSE has opened the window to download admits cards for both regular and private students. You can download your admit card even now if you haven't done it already. The admit card contains details of your exam centre, roll number and other pertinent information.
This includes pens/pencils, a sharpener, an eraser and any other stationery that you might require. However, whitener pens are not permitted. You can use only blue and black pens. It is also advised that you carry an extra pen, just in case.
Keeping the issue of diabetic children in sight, the CBSE, in a circular, has allowed students to carry eatables into the examination hall. Sugar tablets, chocolate, candy, fruits like banana/apple/orange, snacks like sandwiches and a small bottle of water (500 ml) are some of the permitted foods you can carry.
Student ID proof (Aadhaar or any other)
You are generally instructed to carry identification, Aadhaar card or any other government ID, with you to the exam hall. However, this is not always absolutely necessary.
You can carry your wallet, but you will have to submit it to your invigilator. If you are caught with a wallet in your possession during the exam, you might be penalised.
Each centre's rules differ from place to place. Some centres will not even let you park your phone with your invigilator. It's strictly banned. So, it might be smarter not to carry it at all.
The use of a calculator is permitted only in ICSC and state boards, but not in CBSE.
You are allowed to wear an analog watch. However, smartwatches are strictly banned. The exam centre will also have a clock. So, checking the time will not be a problem.
Approximately 28 lakh candidates are expected to appear in the CBSE Board Examination for class X and class XII this year. Ahead of the examinations, the CBSE has issued some new instructions for the students on their website. Check them out:
What stationery to carry?
Students can carry their pens and basic stationery in a transparent pouch. Apart from these, they are allowed to carry only their school identity cards and CBSE Board Exam Admit Cards. Diabetic students are allowed to carry a snack in a clean wrap. No written material, wallets, mobile phones or smartwatches are allowed inside the examination hall.
Parent signature on admit cards
Apart from the student's and principal’s signatures, this year, the CBSE has also included a Parent Signature column in the CBSE Board Exam Admit Cards. Students must ensure that their admit cards are duly signed by all required. A student with an unsigned admit card will not be allowed to enter the centre.
No entry after 10 am
According to the new instructions issued by the CBSE, the gates of the examination centres throughout the country will have to be closed strictly at 10 am and no students, under any circumstance, will be permitted to enter the examination centre after that time.
School uniform made mandatory
The CBSE board has strictly advised schools across the country to instruct their students to be dressed in their uniform while appearing for the exam. Regular students may be denied admission into the centre in case they choose not to wear their school uniform.