CBSE Board Exam 2019: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to begin the 2018-19 boards exams. The Class 10th board exam will begin from February 21, while class 12th exam would start February 15 onwards. Also Read - CBSE Board Exams, JEE Mains, NEET 2021: Education Minister to go Live Tomorrow, Answer Queries of Students

A total of 1827472 students, of which 1070579 boys and 756893 girls and 22 transgenders are expected to appear for the CBSE Class 10th exam. Around 1287359 students, 748498 boys, 538861 girls and 6 transgender are expected to write CBSE class 12th exam, stated news agency ANI on Wednesday. Also Read - CBSE Class 12 Board Exam Result Update: Panel To Submit Assessment Report in SC | Important Deets Inside

Students must note that the Central board might increase optional questions this year in order to give students a wider scope in answering questions. Also Read - CBSE Board Exams in Future Will be held As Per National Education Policy, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Makes Big Announcement

Further, this year the board is providing psychological counselling to students and parents for them to overcome exam-related stress. The 22nd edition of the psychological counselling service, focusing on resolving issues related to exam stress, will end on April 4 and will be available between 8 AM to 10 PM on all days.

The facility of Interactive Voice Response System is available on a toll-free number from where the students/parents/stakeholders can obtain a pre-recorded useful information on tackling board exams which includes tips for better preparation, time and stress management, FAQs along with live telecounselling services.

The CBSE telecounselling is offered by school principals and trained counsellors from within the CBSE affiliated schools located in and outside India, the board said, adding that it is a voluntary, free of cost service provided by the participants.

The board has roped in a total of 87 counsellors comprising 65 from India, two special educators and 22 from foreign schools.

For the first time, a comprehensive audio-visual presentation titled ‘Knowing Children Better’ has been prepared and uploaded on CBSE website, the board said.

“The various topics deal with real-time experiences and problems of adolescents with suggestive measures as coping strategies. The viewers can access the tab ‘Counselling’ at,” the board added.

(With agency inputs)