CBSE can be asked to relook answer sheets

PUBLISH DATE 24th June 2017

Students who took Class XII examinations can apply to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for a re-look at their answer sheets if they are not satisfied with their score.

CBSE on Friday gave an undertaking in the Delhi high court that it would relax its verification scheme to allow students to approach it for scrutiny of answer sheets.

The Board also assured the court that all requests by students would be considered on a `first come first serve basis'.In case of those who have already applied for re-verification, their papers will be scrutinised on a priority basis as per the marking scheme.

“Mr Sanjay Jain, learned ASG, today makes a statement that notwithstanding the fact that the policy for revaluation of the answer sheet stands withdrawn with effect from 2017 examinations, in the peculiar facts and circumstances pointed out by the petitioners, if any of the petitioners were to apply to CBSE with a grievance that a particular answer-sheet has not been evaluated as per the concerned marking scheme circulated to the Head Examiner in respect of major subjects, whereupon CBSE will scrutinise such answer sheets and take appropriate remedial action, if required. He states that the concerned marking scheme shall be uploaded on the website of CBSE within a period of two working days,“ a bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Yogesh Khanna recorded in its order disposing of the petitions filed by several students.

CBSE also assured the court that it won't act upon the undertakings it extracted from students that they cannot approach courts on account of their having obtained photocopies of the answersheets. However, though CBSE wanted to confine the relief to students who had moved court against its decision to do away with re-evaluation, the bench made it clear that ASG Jain's statement on behalf of CBSE will bind it to all students who have raised si milar grievances.

During the hearing ASG Jain submitted on behalf of CBSE, “Within the limit of our verification scheme we will look into the students' grievances.“ He further said that the marking schemes of the CBSE for respective subjects shall be uploaded on its website in two working days. The ASG's submission came during hearing of petitions by students, who gave the board exams this year, against the CBSE's decision to scrap its re-evaluation policy .

Some of the students had challenged CBSE's May 29 notification which lays down the process and fees for re-verification of the marks and for obtaining the photocopies of the evaluated answer sheets.

Majority of the petitions filed were of students who have scored well in their exams in the run up to the CBSE exam where they received scores below par.