CBSE extends the Exemptions/Concessions to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities for Class X & XII Examinations conducted by the CBSE and Standard Operating Procedure

Nov 29, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on September 26, 2018 has issued a circular regarding extension of Exemptions/Concessions to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities for Class X & XII Examinations conducted by the CBSE and Standard Operating Procedure  .

It was observed by the CBSE that neither the schools nor the students are aware about these exemptions and are also not following correct way of seeking available exemptions during their course of studies and examinations. It was therefore decided to update and compile all exemptions/concessions so that stakeholders are aware about the same and are included.

Brief description of Instructions/exemptions/concessions extended by the CBSE during secondary (class x) & senior school certificate (class xii) examinations for disabled candidates are as under:

A.      EXEMPTIONS/ CONCESSIONS RULES APPLICABLE FOR BOTH CLASS X & XII BOARD EXAM:

1.       Issuing Authority of Medical Certificate:

The medical certificate issued by the following agencies/organizations will be considered for granting concessions to Disabled candidates:

                                                         i.            Disability Certificate(s) issued by Government hospitals controlled by either the Central or State Governments from the Chief Medical Officer/Civil Surgeon /Medical Superintendent.

                                                       ii.            Disability Certificate(s) issued by Recognized institutes of national level.

                                                      iii.            Disability Certificate(s) issued by Non-governmental Organizations/practitioners registered with Rehabilitation Council of India/Central Government/State Government of the Respective State.

                                                     iv.            The disability certificate issued by the competent authority at any place shall be accepted.

                                                       v.            The proforma of the certificate regarding physical limitation for an examinee to write is annexed at Annexure-I.

2.       Facility of Scribe and compensatory time :

                                                         i.            Candidates with disabilities as defined in The Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act 2016 are permitted to use a Scribe or allowed Compensatory time as given below or both :

For paper of 3 hours duration - 60 minutes;

For paper of 2½ hours duration - 50 minutes;

For paper of 2 hours duration - 40 minutes;

For paper of 1½ hours duration - 30 minutes 

                                                       ii.            For Categories of disabilities for which scribe/reader/writer/adult prompter is permissible please refer to the Annexure-III

3.       Appointment of Scribe and related instructions:

                                                         i.            In case Scribe/ Reader are provided by Examination Centre, the qualification of Scribe should not be more than the minimum Qualification criteria of the examination.

                                                       ii.            In case the candidate is allowed to bring his own scribe, the qualification of the scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking examination. The person with benchmark disabilities opting for own Scribe/Reader should submit the detail of theown scribe/Reader should submit the details of own scribe as per performa at appendix-II.

4.       Other General instructions/ facilities related to examination centers, appointment of teachers for visually handicapped, Answer book of disabled candidates, use of computer subject to certain conditions etc.

5.       Fee:

Registration and Examination fee (IX,X,XI,XII) will not be charged from visually impaired candidates as referred to in the Annexure-III.

 

B.      SPECIFIC EXEMPTIONS/CONCESSIONS:

                                            I.            Class X

1.       Candidates with disabilities as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 will be exempted from third language.

2.       Flexibility in choosing subjects:

a)      Candidates with disabilities as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 have the option of studying one compulsory language as against two. This language should be in consonance with the overall spirit of the Three Language Formula prescribed by the Board.

b)      Bonafide residents of Delhi appearing as Private candidate as per provisions of Examination Byelaws cannot take subjects having Practical Component at Secondary level. However, candidates with disabilities as defined in the Examination Bye-laws have the option of taking up Music, Painting, Home Science as the subjects of study.

c)       Physio-therapic exercises are considered as equivalent to Health and Physical Education course of the Board.

3.       Alternate questions/ Separate Question:

i.         Alternative type questions are provided in lieu of questions having visual inputs for disabled candidates in the subjects of English Communicative and Social Science.

ii.       Separate question papers with enlarged font size are provided in the subjects of Mathematics and Science.

                                          II.             CLASS XII

1.       Flexibility in Choosing subjects:

Candidates with disabilities as defined in the Examination Bye-laws have the option of taking Music, Painting, Home Science as the subjects of study.

2.       Separate question paper and questions in lieu of practical component should be given to disabled candidates.

Students studying in schools affiliated to the Board and desirous of availing the exemptions/concessions should approach the concerned Regional Office of CBSE through the Head of their Institution preferably while in Class IX and/or XI.  The request should be supported by relevant medical certificate and recommendation from the Head of the School/Institution.  Only those students would be considered for grant of exemption/concession in whose respect relevant category has been entered during registration in Class IX and/or XI.

Contact number, jurisdiction and address of Regional Offices has been available on the website of CBSE i.e. www.cbse.nic.in.CBSE has also a Helpline 1800-11-8002 which shall be functional on all working days from 9 AM -5.30 PM.

These changes will supersede all earlier Circulars. These exemptions/concessions will be applicable for the 2019 examination onwards.  

[Circular: CBSE/COORD/112233/2018]

URL: http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/circulars/2018/Exemptions_concessions%20for%20PWD.pdf


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