By Swagata Sarkar
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has declared some important instructions for the students who will be sitting for the Semester I exams of ICSE and ISC. The ICSE Semester I exams will start on November 29 and are scheduled to end on December 16, 2021. ISC Semester I exam will commence from November 22 and will end on December 20, 2021. CISCE has released the guidelines at their official website (cisce.org). The students are advised to go through the latest guidelines and instructions carefully.
The instructions and guidelines released by CISCE are as follows:
Candidates must appear for both semester I and semester II exams, which will be held in November and March of the following year. To be eligible for certification for the ICSE year 2022 exam, a candidate must take both of these exams.
Candidates must offer the same subjects for both the Semester I and Semester II examinations.
Candidates should get their admission cards from the heads of their schools before these examinations.
Candidates must be seated in the examination hall five minutes before the scheduled start time of the subject's examination.
If a candidate is given an exam paper for which he or she is not registered, he or she must immediately bring it to the attention of the supervising examiner.
All general instructions given at the beginning of a paper, such as the number of questions to be attempted, must be carefully read by the candidate. They should only answer the number of questions specified in the question paper – cum – answer booklet.
Candidates will be provided an Unique ID (Unique Identification Number) and Index Number which they should write in the space provided on the top-sheet of the question paper-cum-answer booklet. All entries on the question paper/answer booklet must be made only with a black/blue ink pen.
The candidates are strongly advised to not write or scribble anywhere else on the top sheet.
Candidates are allowed to use basic electronic calculators.
If a candidate arrives late at the centre, he or she must provide a satisfactory explanation and reason to the supervisor. Except in exceptional circumstances, no candidate who is more than half an hour late will be given a paper.
All students who take the exams will be given a computer-generated mark sheet that only shows the marks they received in each subject/paper they took for the Semester I Examination.
To avoid overcrowding and to ensure smooth entry into the school, candidates must arrive at the examination centre well ahead of time.
Candidates must maintain a social distance of at least six feet between themselves and others while moving around the school campus.
Candidates must strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, such as wearing a face mask, carrying hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching their faces with their hands. Gloves aren't required, but they're a nice touch.
Candidates must bring their own stationery material and should not share it with other candidates.
While coughing or sneezing, candidates should strictly adhere to respiratory etiquette. This entails covering one's mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
If any candidate becomes ill or feels uncomfortable, they must notify the supervising examiner/invigilator and follow the school's protocol.