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CBSE extends dates for backpaper forms

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Here is another chance for class XII passed students, who have missed out to fill up their improvement for the Joint Entrance Examination  (JEE) 2013. In view of the new pattern of JEE, which is the gateway for undergraduate engineering courses in coveted IITs, NITs and other centrally-funded technical institutions, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has extended the dates for filling up improvement forms for both regular and private candidates. Such students are required to appear in all subjects as per the scheme of studies for the board examinations in 2013.

As per the revised schedule, students can fill up the improvement form till October 15 without late fee. With late fee of Rs 250, students can fill up the improvement till October 31, and with late fee amounting to Rs 350, the last date is November 15. The board has kept the final date as January 15 by charging late fee of Rs 5,000.

CBSE coordinator, Lucknow Jawaid Alam Khan said, “The information that students who have passed class XII will have to appear in all subjects in order to improve their performance came in after the last date for filling up improvement was over. Generally, students had applied for improvement in some subjects in which they have scored low.”

Khan informed that after regional centres took their problem to the board, the board not only extended the dates, but has also allowed candidates, who are desirous of appearing in JEE 2013 to apply for improvement in all subjects. For this students are supposed to send their request for remaining subjects to the board for improvement along with the balance fee to the concerned regional office. Such candidates should send the demand draft (DD) of the balance fee with the details on the reverse regarding their name and address, earlier DD number, date, amount and issuing bank and roll number of 2012 examination along with the forwarding letter stating the subjects already applied for and the remaining subjects to be offered for improvement of performance examination, 2013 to the regional office.

The board’s decision gave respite not only to the students, but also the concerned teachers. However experts pointed out that the problem in various state boards is that there is no provision of improvement.

In fact, it is unclear that whether a student will have to take (take with a grain of salt idiom synonym) improvement in theory and practical papers or only theory. Under such circumstances, students especially from rural areas will be at receiving end. “Students from rural areas will lag behind due to the inclusion of board’s marks. It is irrational, as in rural places, there are no proper classes and teachers, It will, hence trigger backwardness as far as economic development is concerned,” said Aditya Kumar, a physics teacher.



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