The CBSE will employ OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets for the first time in its Term-1 examinations. These will be exclusively multiple-choice questions for both grades X and XII. Term 1 examinations will be held in the offline method. And will commence on November 16 for students in Class XII and November 17 for students in Class X.
The board will supply schools with OMR sheets. Which they must download ahead of time and store under lock and key until the test day. The board has asked schools to arrange practice sessions for pupils on how to utilize OMR sheets for examinations, and detailed recommendations have been issued to them.
Regardless of the number of questions in a particular exam, each sheet will contain room for 60 questions. Answers given in circles and boxes marked beyond the paper’s maximum number of questions will not be considered.
The page will include four circles labeled a, b, c, and d for each question. Candidates must completely darken the circle corresponding to the chosen choice after they have decided on the answer in the OMR sheets. After the four circles, there will be a blank box. Candidates must additionally fill in the blank area with their preferred option a, b, c, or d. The response typed in the box will be considered final.
Candidates are recommended by the board to indicate their answers by darkening the circle first, then filling in the box only if they are completely happy with the answer. A letter from the Controller of Examinations to all school heads stated, “The purpose of supplying a box is just that if any candidate desires to amend the response, the same (should) be written in the box.”