Ahead of the board exams, the CBSE will start psychological counselling for students from Thursday. It will be available over a telephone helpline and a website till April 29.

A circular issued by the CBSE said psychological counselling services to help overcome exam-related stress would be made available through an outreach programme.

Tele-counselling will be offered by 90 principals and trained counsellors from CBSE-affiliated schools in the country and abroad. Students in the country should dial 1800118004, a centralized toll free access number.

“While the general queries will be answered by the operators, students will be connected to the principals or counsellors in case of exam-related anxiety or stress,“ the circular said.

The helpline will operate from 8 am to 10 pm. Four special educators will counsel differently-abled students.

Students can write to counseling.cecbse@gmail.com or log on to http:wwww.cbse.nic.in through the micro link Helpline.