CBSE Makes Exams Sweeter for Students with Diabetes: Fruits, Water, and Medical Equipment Now Permitted

New Delhi, February 9, 2024: In a welcome move towards inclusivity and recognizing the needs of students with chronic conditions, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced new guidelines allowing diabetic students to carry essential medical equipment and supplies during Class 10 and 12 board exams starting February 15th, 2024.

Previously, students with Type 1 diabetes faced challenges managing their condition during exams, often leading to anxiety and potential health risks. The new policy addresses these concerns by permitting students to bring:

  • Fruits: Bananas, apples, oranges, and other quick-sugar sources for blood sugar spikes.
  • Water bottle: Keeping hydrated is crucial for managing diabetes.
  • Glucometer and glucose testing strips: Essential for monitoring blood sugar levels.
  • Medications: As prescribed by a doctor, including insulin pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) machines, and Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) machines.

Transparency and Documentation are Key:

To avail these facilities, students need to submit specific documents:

  • Medical specialist’s recommendation for CGM/FGM/insulin pump use during exams.
  • Parent’s undertaking confirming these devices are solely for medical purposes and not for communication.
  • Application within the stipulated schedule set by CBSE. Late requests will not be considered.
  • Information to the examination center about the required items at least a day before the exam.

A Step Towards Equality:

This policy change is a significant step towards ensuring equal opportunities and a stress-free exam environment for students with Type 1 diabetes. It highlights the board’s commitment to inclusivity and acknowledges the unique challenges faced by these students.


  • “This is a huge relief for us and our children,” said a parent of a diabetic student. “Knowing they can manage their condition without worrying will significantly reduce exam stress.”
  • “This policy aligns with our vision of creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students,” said a CBSE official.

Impact and Future Potential:

This move sets a positive precedent for other educational institutions and examination boards to follow. It paves the way for a more inclusive education system that recognizes and addresses the diverse needs of all students. As technology advances, future policies may explore additional accommodations for students with other chronic conditions, ensuring everyone has a fair chance to excel.

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