This examination season, the pre-examination stress among Class X students seems to have been taken over by worries about admissions to Class XII, if the Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE) helpline is anything to go by. Most of the queries received from class X since February 1, when the helpline started, show that rather than focusing on the ongoing exams, students are paying more attention to the choice of subjects and schools for pursuing class XII.
A senior CBSE Counsellor Madhu Bahl said “While the semester system has brought the pressure over the class 10 students, their attention is being diverted due to the ongoing class XII admissions. Some of the schools have been allotted seats to those students who have sent across their choices on the basis of semester 1 results, giving rise to peer pressure”.
He also pointed out that “Last year, the CBSE had issued a circular to all schools across India not to conduct admissions before May, when the results are announced. However, the rules are being flouted”. On contacting RJ Khanderao the CBSE Regional Director (North) said “The results will be declared in May. The schools had been strictly directed not to conduct the admission process before that last year and the rules remain significant this year as well. Students or parents can apprise the matter to us directly if any school has already started this year's class 12 admission process”.