The answerscripts will be of 70GSM, instead of the usual 60GSM. With this, the ink from the gel pen will not appear on the other side of the paper. The size will be increased to A4, which means students will have additional three lines on each side to answer.
The number of pages in the booklets will not be reduced. Each booklet will have 24 pages and maths answer booklets will have 36 pages each. In case a student asks for an additional sheet, a new 24-page booklet will be given. Only 2% use additional answersheet, said the department. The booklets will also have a QR code that will help evaluators find out the rest of the answerscript if it goes missing.
“Most complaints are usually regarding losing additional answersheets. This problem can be addressed with the QR codes on them. The changes are being made without increasing the exam fee,” said V Anbukkumar, commissioner of public instruction. It was also decided that 75% attendance is not mandatory to appear for SSLC this year.