Dealing with Results
A few useful tips
It is important for the counselor to help children cope up with the
disappointment, if at all, related to examination results. Broadly speaking
examination results should be treated as a spring board to future achievements
and better prospects. Examination results can cause a great deal of anxiety to
the students and parents alike. However, a consistent family support system can
be of help.
Parents should look out for the following signs:
- Physical symptoms, such as sleeping or eating more or less than usual
- Mental symptoms, such as loss of concentration and interest
- Emotional symptoms such as tears, tantrums, panic attacks
- Addictive symptoms, such as excessive drinking or smoking or using pills
- Self depreciating comments “I knew I’ll never pass or never do well or…Mohit’s
much brighter than me………”
Must Dos for parents:
- Do not nag the child. Be supportive and encouraging.
- Help the child to develop self-discipline, self-direction,
self-confidence and a sense of achievement.
- Just good schooling and tuition are not substitutes for emotional
- Help the child in maintaining his confidence especially when he seems
discouraged by his dropping marks or grades.
- Do not displace your anxiety on the child.
- The achievement goals should be realistically set according to the
- Praise the child when he does well. Encourage the child’s performance
with positive statements like, “well done”, “you can do better”, rather than
saying “that was not enough”.
- Do not harp on previous failures or results.
- If achievement expectations are too high it may lead to greater anxiety.
- Humor relieves tension. Be light and humorous with the child.
- Try to gain your child’s confidence and discuss problems. Help to find a
- Exams are not the end of the world.
- Accept that expectation for every one to do well is unrealistic.
- Involve the child in decision making.
- Be aware of the market demands and do not concentrate on traditional
courses alone. This will narrow down the options considerably and cause
- Many students do better after school because of maturity and greater
focus, course of interest, rise and awareness level and exposure to options.
- Avoid criticizing or comparing the child with others.
- Make the child feel important and loved.
- Listen to your child.
- Take help of a professional counselor in case of a conflict or
depression over the result.
The students should:
- Assess priorities, assets and difficulties
- Follow a normalized routine atmosphere at home.
- Imagining extreme consequences and worst situations is of no use and
needs to be discouraged.
- It is helpful to know what she/ he can accomplish.
- Do not magnify failure and try to talk them out of it. Should not demean
- Contact the teachers or counselors if they feel low or anxious or
- Develop alternative coping strategies and de -focus from the pain.
Must Dos for students:
- Learn to be positive.
- Learn to relax.
- Talk to family and friends.
- Do your best and stop worrying. Result is not the ultimate decisive
- It is more important to choose the next options.
- Find out and update with wide and varied career choices. Invariably the
decision should not be based or influenced by the friends.
- For an average performer or below average, skill based/vocational
courses. are best choice
feelings in suicide:
- A crisis that causes intense suffering and feeling of hopelessness and
- Conflict between survival and unbearable stress.
- Narrowing of patient’s perceived options.
- A wish to escape (it is an escape rather than a going-towards).
- To punish self and/or to punish others with guilt. Indicators for
increased chance for suicide
- Withdrawal Behaviour for few days
- Mention of suicide repeatedly.
- Suicide note
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
- A history of serious psychological problems.
- A history of impulsive, poorly controlled and destructive Behaviour.
- A history of continuing academic problems and learning difficulties.
- Adjustment difficulties with family, school, peers etc.
Helping suicidal adolescent
Allow the student to narrate his/her own story
Use age appropriate language
Tactful questions. Avoid leading questions e.g. “you don’t want to kill
Obtain detailed description of any suicidal plan ask about availability and
Smooth movement from one topic to another
1. Communicate that people do get through this – there are other children who
feel as badly as he/she feels now.
2. Advise the child to give himself/herself some time e.g., “I will wait 24
hours before I do anything”. Or a week. Suggest that feelings and actions are
two different things – just because you feel like harming /
killing yourself, doesn’t mean that you have to actually do it right this
3. Periodically, keeping in touch over the phone will reduce the intent of
ending their lives. Counseling needs to be practical and useful.
4. Long lectures with a moralistic tone are not advised. These make the
already depressed student guiltier and his intent stronger.
5. The student should be advised to contact a professional counselor as soon
as possible. If not efforts should be made to encourage him to meet his teachers
or school counselors or talk to his parents. The more he talks about his
problems to various people; he is likely to feel much better.
6. A student who is severely depressed and expresses absolute helplessness
about future is more at risk than a student who talks about casual things.
7. No medicines should be prescribed over the phone.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.1: Is it possible for a student who has failed in Science stream in
Class XII to change subjects to pass at subsequent examination?
Ans.: Yes, but with prior permission of the Board
Q2: What is the eligibility criteria for a student to appear as a private
candidate in Board examination?
Ans.: The Board prescribes following conditions under which a candidate can
appear privately: -
- Failed candidates
- Teachers serving in educational institutions
- Women candidates who are bonafide residents of NCT of Delhi and
Physically handicapped students
Q.3: I appeared in the compartment examination in July-August, but failed
again, do I now have to re-appear in all subjects again?
Ans.: The Board gives five chances to clear the compartment examination. The
first examination is held in July-August followed by second chance in
March-April and the third chance in July-August and so on. Unsuccessful
candidates after these five attempts are required to appear afresh in all
subjects there on.
Q.4: I wish to improve my performance in Chemistry and Maths in class XII.
Is it possible and how?
Ans.: A candidate who has passed Class XII examination of the Board may
reappear for improvement of performance in one or more subjects in the main
examination in the succeeding year only. The candidate may appear privately;
those re-appearing for whole examination can also appear as regular candidate if
admitted by the school.
- For subjects involving practical work, if the candidate has
passed the practical examination, he or she will be allowed to appear only in
- Only a statement of marks is issued by the Board after the
improvement of performance.
Q.5: Is it compulsory to pass in theory and practical exams. Separately?
Ans.: Yes, it is compulsory to pass separately in the subjects involving
theory and practical in Class XII.
Q.6: Is a student required to appear in all subjects in improvement
Ans.: No, the student can appear in one or more than one subject(s) as per
his/her choice. However, improvement exam. can be taken only in the successive
year of passing Class XII exams.
Q.7: Is the candidate allowed to see the answer script in case the result
is not as per the expectations?
Ans.: No. There is no provision of showing answer scripts. The candidate can
apply for scrutiny, for reconfirmation of marks.
Q.8 If a candidate passes in the additional subject but fails in one of
the main subjects, what will the result show?
Ans.: The candidate will be considered as having passed the examination in
such a case. A language will replace a language only. For further details the
scheme of examinations can be referred to.
Q. 9: What is the procedure followed in marking the answers?
Ans.: Each answer is divided into steps and marks are given in accordance to the
weightage assigned for these steps. It is advised that a copy of Marking Scheme
be procured to get a clear idea.
Q. 10: Can a candidate simultaneously appear for Improvement as well as
Additional subject examination?
Ans.: No, a candidate appearing for Improvement in one or more subjects
cannot appear for additional subject examination simultaneously.
Q. 11: How many times can a candidate appear for Improvement examination?
Ans.: For improvement examination only one chance in the succeeding year is
Q. 12: What is the pass criteria for Class XII?
Ans.: A candidate has to pass in all five subjects to be declared Pass.
However, a candidate is placed in compartment if he/she fails in one subject in
Q. 13: Can one appear for additional exam along with the comptt. Exam
conducted by the Board in the month of July/August in class XII?
Ans.: Yes, from 2006 Exam. onwards a candidate having six subjects and
declared ‘Pass’ by securing pass marks in five subjects can now appear in the
failing (sixth) subject along with comptt. candidates in July/August in the same
Q. 14: What is meant by verification of marks?
Ans.: The verification means:
- Checking whether all answer have been evaluated,
- That there has been no mistake in the totaling of marks for each
question in that subject,
- That the marks have been transferred correctly on the title page of the
answer book and to the award list,
- Whether the supplementary answer book(s) attached with the answer book
mentioned by the candidate are intact,
- No revaluation of the answer book or supplementary answer book(s) shall
Q. 15: What is the procedure for re-checking of marks?
Ans.: A candidate can apply for re-checking within 21 days from the date of
declaration of results for Main exam. and within 15 days for Compartment exam.
Q. 16: What is the fees for re-checking of marks?
Ans.: It is Rs.100/- for one subject. The candidate should apply at the
concerned Regional Office only.
Q. 17: Can one apply for verification of marks in all five subjects?
Ans.: Yes, verification of marks can be done for all the subjects on payment
of separate fee for each subject.
Q. 18: How long does it take to get verification result?
Ans.: The result is sent by ordinary post within a reasonable period of time
invariably between 3-4 weeks.
Q. 19: Do the marks increase after verification?
Ans.: It will depend upon the scrutiny while mostly there is “No change”
found. The marks may increase or even decrease on verification and the candidate
will have to accept the result.
Q. 20: Is a new mark sheet issued after revision?
Ans.: Yes, a new mark-sheet is issued after the revision whether upward or
downward. The candidate has to surrender the old marks statement. In case of
change in marks, the fee is also refunded to the candidate.