New Delhi: It's that time of the year when students across the country undergo a nerve wracking time preparing for Class X board exams.
But for Radhika Malik's batch it's different.
For the first time in India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to grade students. This means the age-old percentage system is out.
"I think this is better, there is less pressure. Ya probably the ninety percenters may have a problem with the grading system, but for us seventy-eighty percenters, I think it is great to be in the same category," Radhika said.
"The grade system is great. Students can fall in the same level. So depression can be avoided among students who fail. Students will get two chances if they get below a certain grade," said Usha Ram, Principal, Laxman Public School.
This is a transitional phase, but most of the candidates are positive about the grading system and hope that examiners will be lenient while using this marking system for the first time.
Over 9 lakh candidates will appear for the exams starting Wednesday - the number nine per cent higher than last year.
Students will get multiple chances to attempt a paper they have fared poorly in. Also, there will be question papers in Braille for the blind students.
This board exam is being seen as a beginning in a larger attempt to revamp our high-pressure education system. And students like Radhika Malik are beneficiaries of this important shift.