CBSE Revised Instructions on Exemptions/Concessions being extended to Differently Abled Candidates for Class X & XII Examinations conducted by the CBSE and Standard Operating Procedure

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CBSE/COORD/112233/2016                                                                                                                  24th January, 2017



Reg: Revised Instructions on Exemptions/Concessions being extended to Differently Abled Candidates for Class X & XII Examinations conducted by the CBSE and Standard Operating Procedure.


Board is extending several exemptions/concessions to Spastic, Visually impaired, Physically Handicapped, Dyslexic, Autistic and candidates with disabilities as defined in PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 1995 which have been circulated to the schools and also hosted on the website of the Board, from time to time.


Subsequent to notification of THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 2016 on 28th Dec, 2016 there is need to extend the facilities to candidates with specified 21 disabilities as listed in the schedule of the said notification.


All such revised instructions/exemptions/concessions, in a consolidated form, are enclosed at Annexure –I for the convenience of all stakeholders. Standard Operating Procedure for schools and Regional Offices of CBSE has also been prescribed as Annexure-II. Application format for students/wards to avail the exemptions has also been attached at Annexure III.




(K. K. Choudhury)






Instructions/Exemptions/concessionsextended by the Boardduring Secondary (Class X)& Senior School Certificate(Class XII) Examinations for Differently Abled Candidates



Sl.No. Subject Instructions/ Concessions
1. Medical The medical   certificate   issued   by   the   following
Certificate agencies/organizations  will  be  considered for granting
concessions to Differently abled candidates:
i) Disability Certificate(s) issued by Government hospitals
controlled by either the Central or State Governments;
ii)   Disability Certificate(s) issued by Recognized institutes of
national level viz National Association for the Blind, Spastic
Society of India etc; and
iii) Disability  Certificate(s)  issued  by  Non-governmental
Organizations/practitioners registered with Rehabilitation
Council of India/Central Government/State Government of
the Respective State.
2. Scribe and i) Spastic, Visually Impaired, Physically Handicapped,
compensatory Dyslexic, Autistic and candidates with disabilities as
time defined  in  THE  RIGHTS  OF  PERSONS  WITH
DISABILITIES ACT 2016 are permitted to use a
Scribe or allowed Compensatory time as given below
or both :
For paper of 3 hours duration 60 minutes
For paper of 2½ hours duration 50 minutes
For paper of 2 hours duration 40 minutes
For paper of 1½ hours duration 30 minutes
ii) Autistic candidate is permitted to use the services of a
scribe or an Adult prompter.
3. Appointment of i) A person to be appointed as scribe should not have
Scribe and obtained his/her qualifications in the same subject (s)
related in which the candidate shall be appearing for the
instructions examination
ii) candidate shall have the discretion of opting for his
own  scribe  and  shall  have  the  flexibility  in
accommodating  change  in  scribe  in  case  of
iii) Candidate shall also have the option of meeting the
scribe a day before the examination.
iv) Centre  Superintendent  of  the  examination  centre
concerned shall forward to the concerned Regional
Officer of the Board, a report giving full particulars of


the candidate and of the scribe.
v) Suitable room shall be arranged for the candidate for
whom a scribe is allowed and aseparate Assistant
Superintendent  shall  be  appointed  by  the  Centre
Superintendent to supervise his/her examination.
vi) Services of Scribe shall be provided free of cost
vii) The Scribe shall be paid by the Board remuneration
as prescribed from time to time.
4. Other General i) To facilitate easy access, a few selected schools are
instructions/ made examination centers for special students.
facilities ii) Teachers  from  schools  for  visually  impaired  are
appointed as Assistant Superintendent(s)
(Invigilators)  at  the  special  examination  centers.
However,  precaution  is  taken  to  appoint  different
subject teachers on different days.


  • Answer books of differently abled candidates are sent separately by the Centre Superintendents


  1. A separate column is provided on the title page of the answer book for indicating the category of differently abled candidates.


  1. Visually Impaired candidates are permitted use of screen reading software (like JAWS- Job Access with Speech) with prior approval of the Board. They also have the facility of using a computer or a typewriter for writing answers.


  1. Use of calculator is not permitted in any of the examinations conducted by the Board


5. CGPA CGPA in respect Candidates with disabilities as defined in
2016 be calculated out of 5 subjects only, even if offering a
NSQF subject under Compulsory group.
6. Fee Registration and Examination fee (IX, X, XI, XII) will not be
charged from Visually Impaired students.




  1. CLASS X
S. No. Subject Exemptions/Concessions
1. Exemption from Exemption  from  examination  in  the  third  language  from
third language Classes VI to VIII is granted to


Visually impaired candidates
Candidates suffering from speech / hearing defects
Dyslexic candidates
Candidates with disabilities as defined in THE RIGHTS
2. Flexibility in i) “Candidates  with  visual  and  hearing  impairment,
choosing Spastic,  Dyslexic,  Autistic  and  candidates  with
subjects disabilities as defined in THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT 2016 have the option of


studying one compulsory language as against two. This language should be in consonance with the overall spirit of the Three Language Formula prescribed by the Board. Besides one language any four of the following subjects be offered”.


Mathematics, Science, Social Science, another language, Music, Painting, Home Science, Foundation of Information Technology, Commerce(Elements of Business), Commerce(Elements of Book Keeping and Accountancy),E-Publishing and E-Office(English),E-Publishing and E-Office(Hindi), Information and Communication Technology(ICT-166), any one out of Retail (NSQF) and Information Technology (NSQF)


ii)  Bonafide residents of Delhi appearing as Private candidate
as  per  provisions  of  Examination  Byelaws  cannot  take
subjects having Practical Component at Secondary level.
However,  candidates  with  disabilities  as  defined  in  the
Examination Bye-laws have the option of taking up Music,
Painting, Home Science as the subjects of study.
iii) Physio-therapic exercises are considered as equivalent
to Physical and Health Education course of the Board.
3. Alternate i) Alternative type questions are provided in lieu of questions
questions/Separ having visual inputs for Visually Impaired candidates in the
ate Question subjects of English Communicative and Social Science.
ii) Separate question papers in enlarged print are provided in
the subjects of Mathematics and Science.


S.No. Subject Exemptions/Concessions
1. Flexibility in Bonafide residents of Delhi appearing as Private candidate as per
Choosing subjects. provisions of Examination Byelaws cannot take subjects having
Practical Component. However,  candidates  with  disabilities as
defined in the Examination Bye-laws have the option of taking
Music, Painting, Home Science as the subjects of study.


  1. Separate question paper and questions in lieu of practical component

Visually Impaired candidates are –


  1. given separate question papers containing Multiple choice questions based on Practical component in lieu of practicals in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology


  1. Question papers administered in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology are without any visual input


  • Alternative type questions are provided in lieu of questions having visual inputs in the subjects of History, Geography and Economics


Students studying in schools affiliated to the Board and desirous of availing the exemptions/concessions should approach the concerned Regional Office of CBSE through the Head of their Institution preferably while in Class IX and/or XI. The request should be supported by relevant medical certificate and recommendation from the Head of the School/Institution. Only those students would be considered for grant of exemption/concession in whose respect relevant category has been entered during registration in Class IX and/or XI.


  1. Advisory to schools as per the Guidelines of Inclusive Education of Children with Disabilities (IECD):


  1. to ensure that no child with special needs is denied admission in Mainstream Education


  1. to monitor enrolment of disabled children in schools


  1. Schools to provide support through assistive devices and the availability of trained teachers


  1. to modify the existing physical infrastructure and teaching methodologies to meet the needs of all children including Children with Special Needs


  1. to ensure that they are made disabled friendly by 2020 and all educational institutions including hostels, libraries, laboratories and buildings have barrier free access for the disabled
  2. to ensure availability of Study material for the disabled and Talking Text Books, Reading Machines and computers with speech software


  1. to ensure adequate number of sign language interpreters, transcription services and a loop induction system for the hearing handicapped students


  1. to revisit classroom organization required for the education of Children with Special Needs


  1. to ensure regular in-service training of teachers in inclusive education at the elementary and secondary level.


CBSE has 10 Regional Offices which deal with matters of different states. Contact number, jurisdiction and address of Regional Offices is available on the website of CBSE. CBSE has also a Helpline 1800-11-8002 which is functional on all working days from 9 AM – 7PM.




Standard Operating Procedure for availing Exemptions


STEP I: Parents go through the revised consolidated instructions (enclosed as Annexure -I) issued by CBSE.


STEP II: Parents get the child examined from authorised agencies/organizations and obtain requisite Medical Certificate of Disability.


STEP III: For availing any exemption parents will make a request to school alongwith copy of certificate of disability. School will acknowledge the request. (Format enclosed as Annexure III)


STEP IV: School will forward the application to Regional Office of the Board within 07 days of receipt. In case of rejection by the school; the same should also be sent to Board along with reasons of such rejection.


STEP V:Regional Office will issue letter conveying approval of the exemptions within 15 days with a copy to, parents. In case of rejection the reasons for the same will be reflected in the letter. If any additional document is required by the Regional Office the same should be called from the school immediately.




To, Principal

(Write School Name & Address here)






Sub: Availing exemption as provided for Differently abled/PWD students under the Right to Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.




My ward with following credentials is student of your school:-


  1. Name:


  1. Admission No.


3. Class: Section:
4. Nature of Disablility:


It is requested that following exemption may be granted to my ward:-










(Signature of Parent)




Email ID:


Contact No.






  • Medical Certificate


  • Qualification proof of Scribe(if sought)


THE SCHEDULE [See clause (zc) of section 2]



  1. Physical disability.—


  1. Locomotor disability (a person’s inability to execute distinctive activities associated with movement of self and objects resulting from affliction of musculoskeletal or nervous system or both), including—


(a) “leprosy cured person” means a person who has been cured of leprosy but is suffering from—


(i) loss of sensation in hands or feet as well as loss of sensation and paresis in the eye and eye-lid but with no manifest deformity;


(ii) manifest deformity and paresis but having sufficient mobility in their hands and feet to enable them to engage in normal economic activity;


(iii) extreme physical deformity as well as advanced age which prevents him/her from undertaking any gainful occupation, and the expression “leprosy cured” shall construed accordingly;


(b) “cerebral palsy” means a Group of non-progressive neurological condition affecting body movements and muscle coordination, caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring before, during or shortly after birth;


(c) “dwarfism” means a medical or genetic condition resulting in an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches (147 centimeters) or less;


(d) “muscular dystrophy” means a group of hereditary genetic muscle disease that weakens the muscles that move the human body and persons with multiple dystrophy have incorrect and missing information in their genes, which prevents them from making the proteins they need for healthy muscles. It is characterised by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue;


(e) “acid attack victims” means a person disfigured due to violent assaults by throwing of acid or similar corrosive substance.


  1. Visual impairment—


(a) “blindness” means a condition where a person has any of the following conditions, after best correction—


(i) total absence of sight; or


(ii) visual acuity less than 3/60 or less than 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible correction; or


(iii) limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 10 degree.


(b) “low-vision” means a condition where a person has any of the following conditons, namely:—


(i) visual acuity not exceeding 6/18 or less than 20/60 upto 3/60 or upto 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible corrections; or

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(ii) limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 40 degree up to 10 degree.


  1. Hearing impairment—


(a) “deaf” means persons having 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears;


(b) “hard of hearing” means person having 60 DB to 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears;


  1. “speech and language disability” means a permanent disability arising out of conditions such as laryngectomy or aphasia affecting one or more components of speech and language due to organic or neurological causes.


  1. Intellectual disability, a condition characterised by significant limitation both in intellectual functioning (rasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behaviour which covers a range of every day, social and practical skills, including—


(a) “specific learning disabilities” means a heterogeneous group of conditions wherein there is a deficit in processing language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself as a difficulty to comprehend, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations and includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and developmental aphasia;


(b) “autism spectrum disorder” means a neuro-developmental condition typically appearing in the first three years of life that significantly affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand relationships and relate to others, and is frequently associated with unusal or stereotypical rituals or behaviours.


  1. Mental behaviour,—


“mental illness” means a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behaviour, capacity to recognise reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, but does not include retardation which is a conditon of arrested or incomplete development of mind of a person, specially characterised by subnormality of intelligence.


  1. Disability caused due to—


(a) chronic neurological conditions, such as—


(i) “multiple sclerosis” means an inflammatory, nervous system disease in which the myelin sheaths around the axons of nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to demyelination and affecting the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other;


(ii) “parkinson’s disease” means a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.


(b) Blood disorder—


(i) “haemophilia” means an inheritable disease, usually affecting only male but transmitted by women to their male children, characterised by loss or impairment of the normal clotting ability of blood so that a minor would may result in fatal bleeding;


(ii) “thalassemia” means a group of inherited disorders characterised by reduced or absent amounts of haemoglobin.


(iii) “sickle cell disease” means a hemolytic disorder characterised by chronic anemia, painful events, and various complications due to associated

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tissue and organ damage; “hemolytic” refers to the destruction of the cell membrane of red blood cells resulting in the release of hemoglobin.


  1. Multiple Disabilities (more than one of the above specified disabilities) including deaf blindness which means a condition in which a person may have combination of hearing and visual impairments causing severe communication, developmental, and educational problems.


  1. Any other category as may be notified by the Central Government.








Secretary to the Govt. of India.

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