The Central Board of Secondary Education has this year brought the Class X mathematics paper under the purview of online evaluation.
In a bid to maintain transparency and accuracy in the evaluation of the answer scripts, the board took this step.
In the online procedure, the mathematics answer scripts of Class X examinees (in Patna region, including Bihar and Jharkhand) have been uploaded on the board’s server. Evaluators have been given user IDs through which they would access and mark the papers.
The evaluators can access the papers only from centres assigned to them for checking the papers. Sources said students who want to see their evaluated answer scripts would be able to do so once the results are out.
Sources said the online mode of evaluation was supposed to encompass all papers of Class X students for the 2013-14 academic session, but the process is starting with only the mathematics paper.
Appreciating the move, Patna Central School vice-principal O.P. Singh said: “This has been done to ensure transparency in the evaluation process. It would make the process easier and convenient. Online evaluation would help students asking for a re-evaluation see the evaluated answer sheets.”
Arun Kumar, one of the mathematics evaluators, said: “It is a good way of evaluation. We have been given our own user IDs. In case we are not able to evaluate the copies given at one go, the marking would start from the point we stopped the next time we sit on the computer. Accuracy would be maintained in this system.”
He added: “As we would evaluate a paper, the computer would add up the marks. So, for instance, if we try giving extra marks — that is more than the total marks for a particular question — the computer would not accept it. The only problem which can arise is when there is a loss of connectivity or the server is down.”
Shubhangi, a student of Patna Central School who took the examination this year, appreciated the decision of the board.
She said: “If the computers would not allow excessive marks to be given for a particular question, it is a good move. This way, only students deserving to excel would get their due.”