Students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools can now apply for correction in their names, date of birth, parents name within five years from the date of declaration of their board examination results.

A CBSE notification stated: "Limitation of cases of correction in candidate, mother and father name/correction in date of birth has been revised. The revised time limit will be 5 years from the date of declaration of result and it will be applicable to all cases after class X/XII 2015 examination onwards."

The revised time limit for this "shall" also be applicable to current ongoing cases, already received by the regional offices and headquarters of the CBSE as well as cases pending in various courts, it added.

Students so far had only one year time to make a correction.

The board brought in this provision in February 2015 as hundreds of students were applying for such corrections even after several years of passing the board examinations.

The rules were also changed to fix the one-year time limit amid suggestions within the board that many of the students might be using the system to get a new identity with a change in name and other details to procure passports or avail other benefits.

Before the 2015 notification, there was no time limit for students, passing their class X or XII board examinations, to apply for issue of fresh certificates with corrected names and other details.

Change in name, surname and other details of the students were allowed on the basis of an affidavit and a copy of a newspaper advertisement by the applicants.

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