Festivals over, school students in the city are now padding up for a season of examinations.
Exams have already begun at some schools. At others, students are getting ready to take tests and complete last-minute revisions. As the exam dates near, stress is mounting on the prospective examinees.
Those taking the boards are jittery wondering how they would complete the vast syllabi in the few weeks left for the exams.
"I have very little time to revise such a vast syllabus. During the festivals, I wasn't able to study much. So, I am working hard now to make up for lost time," said Aditi Jain, a Class XII student of St Joseph's Convent High School.
She has a strategy to complete her studies in time. "I have fixed a target and am working accordingly."
Syed Mohammad Saquib, a Class XII student of Patna Muslim High School, is worried about pre-board examinations, which are going to start in December. "The only thing on my mind these days are exams," he said.
"Since the festivals got over, I have been concentrating on studies. Even among friends, the only thing we discuss is exams," the student added.
Board exams are not the only source of worry for Syed and his friends. The students are also spending sleepless nights thinking about competitive exams for which many of them would appear early next year.
Syed said: "Competitive exam is another concern for us. There is a lot of confusion about such exams."
Those who do not have to appear for board examinations next year are also working hard, as they too have to take school exams.
At Radiant International School, Formative Assessment 3 has already begun, keeping the students on their toes.
A Class IX student of the school, Kanishka, is worried about his mathematics paper. "I have done my best preparing for the exam but I am not sure what questions would be asked," he said.
Following the festive season Kanishka feels he has more time to study. "At least there are no festivals now and I can concentrate on my studies. I cannot afford to waste any time as the exams have begun already," he said.
A nine-day-long model exam for Class XII students began on Thursday at Loyola High School. It is aimed at providing them with practice before their boards. But students are not convinced about its utility and some are of the opinion that it is a waste of time. They are more jittery about the pre-board exams that would begin in the first week of January.
"We would have to study the whole syllabus for that too," said a student, adding that they might not be able to perform as well as they would like to in these examinations.