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Joint pre-medical exam likely for 2016-17 session

The All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance exam for the academic year

2016-17 may not be held as scheduled on May 1,2016. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking a direction to hold the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year, which will be a joint medical entrance test for all medical colleges in India.

In its April 11 judgment, the Supreme Court recalled its 2013 verdict that quashed NEET and made it possible for the Medical Council of India (MCI) to hold a common examination for all dental, undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.

MCI, the country’s top body responsible for regulating medical education, sent a proposal to introduce the common test in the 2016-17 academic year to the Union health ministry. “It could be possible to hold NEET this year if the time schedule fixed by SC is extended. We have forwarded the proposal to the government, let it take a call,” Dr Jayshree Mehta, president, MCI, told HT.

Senior health ministry officials said the ball was now in the HRD ministry’s court. “The onus of conducting the exam is on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that comes under HRD. We had written to them and if they agreed it was possible, we would have approached SC for an extension,” said a senior official.

India has more than 400 medical colleges, including government and private — currently, only government institutions have a common medical entrance test. These colleges offer 31,000 undergraduate medical and dental seats (MBBS and BDS) and 11,000 PG (MD) seats.

The CBSE was planning to go ahead with the May 1 exam. “There were talks at the higher level but we weren’t conveyed anything. In such a scenario, we had no choice but to go ahead with the exam. If there’s a directive from court or otherwise, we may reconsider,” said an HRD ministry official.

A plea was also made to stay the exam. MCI’s senior advocate, Vikas Singh, informed court that the body was ready with a test schedule. But CBSE counsel submitted that he needed instructions on whether it was possible to hold the exam.

Courtesy: Hindustan Times, 28 Apr 2016 – p.15

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Board exam countdown: how to keep the blues away

Illustration: Satheesh Vellinezhi         Study tips, lifestyle tips, checklist and more to handle the challenge.

As March 1 fast approaches, thousands of students who are appearing for the Board exams are likely to become increasingly anxious and get stressed out. “Have I prepared enough? Is there something I have missed? Should I focus more on that particular topic?” Your mind would be abuzz with several such thoughts. No matter how much you study and revise the subjects, the feeling of contentment is difficult to achieve. What can you do to steady your nerves and keep your cool? “The Board exams are like any other exam. The only difference is that they are held in another school. So there is no need for students to panic and they should stick to the normal routine they follow everyday,” says CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma.

Study Tips

Having a preparation strategy is crucial. With merely half a month left for the exams, how can you utilise the time effectively? “Students should divide their time for each subject. They should prepare for the first paper last and for the last paper first,” says Surabhi Gautam, HOD of English, Mother’s Global School, Delhi, who teaches Class X and XI students. “Early morning hours are the best time for revision as retention is better and the body and mind are fresh,” she advises. Note-making is an effective method that can come to your rescue. “Students should prepare notes of the main points because at the last minute, revising the whole syllabus from the scratch is not possible. Notes make it easy for them to recall from memory quickly.”

Another tested method is solving previous years’ question papers and sample papers. “Students can simulate the exam at home. This will give them an idea of how much time they are taking to solve the paper. Based on the result, they can improve their speed and accuracy. The more sample papers they solve, the more confident they will become,” says Rama.

Parents have an important role in play in their child’s success as well. They should be supportive and encouraging and help students develop self-discipline, self-confidence and a sense of achievement. This will go a long way in boosting his/her morale.

Group study is a popular mode of studying. But is it always effective? “Though it can help in getting the doubts and concepts cleared, it does not help in retention. For the final revision, self-study is the best,” says Surabhi.

Lifestyle Tips

During exams, the stress levels of students generally go through the roof. This leads to excessive eating, sleeping difficulties and so on. How can one deal with it? “Students should keep a light diet. This will keep them fresh and not feel sleepy while studying. Breakfast can consist of light food such as porridge or cereals. Fruits and dry fruits are rich in essential vitamins and proteins and their intake should be increased. Whenever students feel hungry or a little bit lethargic, they should go for a diet of fruit such as guava, apple, banana and so on. Also, in case you get an urge to munch something, dry fruits can be kept handy,” says Surabhi.

Several students take the support of coffee or tea to stay fresh. However, this might not be conducive in the long run. “We do not recommend coffee or tea to students as caffeine should be avoided. However, green tea or lemon tea can be taken,” says Surabhi.

Counselling

To help students relieve their stress, the CBSE has started a helpline where school principals, teachers and trained counsellors have volunteered to guide the students. Students from any Board can connect with them and seek counselling. The toll-free helpline number is 1800118004 and is operational from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year 76 principals, trained counsellors from CBSE-affiliated government and private schools and a few psychologists will address exam-related psychological problems of the students. For online counselling, students can drop a mail at counselling.cecbse@gmail.com and sugandh.cbse@gmail.com.

Checklist

On the day of the exam, it is essential that you stay calm and focused. It is natural to get butterflies in the stomach. To ensure that you don’t miss anything, prepare a checklist. Before leaving your house, ensure that you have the following items: Water bottle, extra pens, ruler, pencil, eraser, sharpener, watch and the hall ticket. Here’s a checklist of things you should do while writing the exam:

  • There is a cool off period of 15 minutes in the beginning which excludes the time you get for writing the exam. Utilise this time for reading the question paper carefully.
  • Although advisable, it is not necessary to answer the questions in same sequence/order. Attempt the ones you know first, but number them correctly.
  • If you’re running out of time, write the answer in points rather than leaving the question.
  • Label the diagrams properly.

Resource box

  • For updates: cbse.nic.in
  • For academic resources: http://cbseacademic.in
  • Online counselling: counselling.cecbse@gmail.com and sugandh.cbse@gmail.com
  • Toll free helpline (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.): 1800 11 8004

In the end, remember that though scoring well in this exam is important, it’s not the end of the world if you are not able to achieve the marks you expected. There are endless opportunities waiting for you.

Courtesy: www.thehindu.com

CBSE DATESHEET FOR CLASS X (2015-16)

CBSE-SECONDARY SCHOOL EXAMINATION (X)

DATESHEET – 2016(SCHEME 2)

 

DAY & DATE TIME SUB-CODE/ SUBJECT  NAME
Wednesday, 02 March, 2016 10:30 am 086 SCIENCE
Tuesday, 08 March, 2016 10:30 am 002 HINDI COURSE A

 085 HINDI COURSE B

Thursday, 10 March, 2016 10:30 am 087 SOCIAL SCIENCE
Saturday, 12 March, 2016 10:30 am 064 HOME SCIENCE
Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 10:30 am 101 ENGLISH COMM.

184 ENGLISH LANG & LIT

Thursday, 17 March, 2016 10:30 am 031 MUSIC CAR VOCAL

 032 MUSIC CAR INS MEL.

 033 MUSIC CAR INS PER.

034 MUSIC HIND.VOCAL

035 MUSIC HIND.INS MEL

036 MUSIC HIND.INS PER

Saturday, 19 March, 2016 10:30 am 041 MATHEMATICS
Monday, 21 March, 2016 10:30 am 003 URDU COURSE A

303 URDU COURSE B

     

Courtesy: cbse.ac.in

CBSE DATE SHEET 2015-16 (CLASSXII)

CBSE-SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (XII)

DATE-SHEET-2016

DAY & DATE TIME SUB-CODE/ SUBJECT  NAME
Tuesday, 01 March, 2016 10:30 am 001 ENGLISH ELECTIVE

101 ENGLISH ELECTIVE-C

301 ENGLISH CORE

Thursday, 03 March, 2016 10:30 am 054 BUSINESS STUDIES
Saturday, 05 March, 2016 10:30 am 042 PHYSICS
Tuesday, 08 March, 2016 10:30 am 027 HISTORY
Wednesday, 09 March, 2016 10:30 am 043 CHEMISTRY
Thursday, 10 March, 2016 10:30 am 003 URDU ELECTIVE

303 URDU CORE

Friday, 11 March, 2016 10:30 am 002 HINDI ELECTIVE

302 HINDI CORE

Saturday, 14 March, 2016 10:30 am 041 MATHEMATICS
Wednesday, 16 March, 2016 10:30 am 067 MULTIMEDIA & WEB T
Thursday, 17 March, 2016 10:30 am 055 ACCOUNTANCY
Friday, 18 March, 2016 10:30 am 028 POLITICAL SCIENCE

045 BIOTECHNOLOGY

Saturday, 19 March, 2016 10:30 am 079 LIBRARY & INF SCI.
Monday, 21 March, 2016 10:30 am 044 BIOLOGY
Saturday, 26 March, 2016 10:30 am 065 INFORMATICS PRAC.

083 COMPUTER SCIENCE

Monday, 28 March, 2016 10:30 am 048 PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Thursday, 31 March, 2016 10:30 am 030 ECONOMICS
Monday, 04 April, 2016 10:30 am 039 SOCIOLOGY
Thursday, 07 April, 2016 10:30 am 029 GEOGRAPHY
     

Courtesy: http://cbse.nic.in/

Sample Question Paper & Marking Scheme for Class XII Examination 2015-16

Subject Sample Question Paper Marking Scheme
Psychology SQP
Physical Education SQP
Accountancy SQP
Agriculture SQP MS
Biology SQP MS
Biotechnology SQP MS
Business Studies SQP
Carnatic Music(Melodic Instrumental) SQP
Carnatic Music(Percussion Instrumental) SQP
Carnatic Music(Vocal) SQP
Computer Science SQP MS
Dance(Bharatnatyam) SQP
Dance(Manipuri) SQP
Dance(Mohiniattam) SQP
Dance(Odissi) SQP
Economics SQP MS
English Core SQP MS
English Creative Writing & Translation Studies SQP MS
English Elective NCERT SQP MS
English Elective CBSE SQP MS
Entrepreneurship SQP
Fashion Studies SQP MS
Commercial Arts SQP
Graphics-History of Indian Art SQP
Painting-History of Indian Art SQP
Sculpture-History of Indian Art SQP
Geography SQP MS
Heritage Crafts SQP
Hindi Core SQP
Hindi Elective SQP
History SQP MS
Music Hindustani(Instruments Melodic) SQP
Music Hindustani(Percussion Instruments) SQP
Music Hindustani(Vocal) SQP
Human Rights and Gender Studies SQP
Informatics Practices SQP MS
Library and Information Science SQP MS
Multimedia and Web Technology SQP MS
Political Science SQP MS
Sociology SQP MS
Chemistry SQP
Theatre SQP
Engineering Graphics SQP
NCC-National Cadet Corps SQP
Graphic Design SQP
Mathematics SQP
Physics SQP MS

Courtesy: CBSE Academic (http://cbseacademic.in/)

CBSE DATESHEET 2015 – CLASS XII

CBSE DATE-SHEET

SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EXAMINATION (Class XII), 2015

 

Day Date Subject Name Sub-Code
Monday  Mar 2, 2015 English Elective 001
English Elective-C 101
English Core 301
Wednesday Mar 4, 2015 Business Studies 054
Monday Mar 9, 2015 Physics 042
Tuesday  Mar 10, 2015 History 027
Biotechnology 045
Thursday 

 

Mar 12, 2015 Chemistry 043
Saturday 

 

Mar 14, 2015 Hindi Elective 002
Hindi Core 302
Wednesday 

 

Mar 18, 2015 Mathematics 041
C Bio-Chem & M Bio 742
Friday  Mar 20, 2015 Economics 030
Monday Mar 23, 2015 Biology 044
Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 Political Science 028
Wednesday 

 

 

Mar 25, 2015 Urdu Elective 003
Urdu Core 303
Friday  Mar 27, 2015 Informatics Prac. 065
Computer Science 083
Monday Mar 30, 2015 Physical Education 048
Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 Sociology 039
Wednesday 

 

 

Apr 1, 2015 Multimedia & Web Tech. 067
Monday Apr 6, 2015 Accountancy 055
Wednesday Apr 8, 2015 Geography 029

CBSE DATESHEET 2015 – CLASS X

DAY,DATE  TIME SUBJECT NAME    SUB-CODE
Tuesday,03rd March, 2015 10:30 AM
SCIENCE 86
SCIENCE W/O PRAC. 90
Tuesday,10th March, 10:30 AM
SOCIAL SCIENCE 87
Thursday,12th March, 10:30 AM
HINDI COURSE-A 2
HINDI COURSE-B 85
Monday,16th March, 10:30 AM
MATHEMATICS 41
Thursday,19th March, 10:30 AM
ENGLISH COMM. 101
ENGLISH LNG & LIT. 184
Tuesday,24th March, 10:30 AM
URDU COURSE-A 3
URDU COURSE-B 303

Courtesy: HPS Library