Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 21:
The question papers for the High School Certificate (HSC) examinations scheduled to begin tomorrow have been delivered to the examination centres from the district nodal centres this evening and the District Education Officers (DEO) have confirmed that the administration in all districts across Odisha have completed all preparatory steps for the examinations, informed Board of Secondary Education (BSE) president Dakshya Prasad Nanda.
The examination would begin starting tomorrow and continue till March 4. A total of 6,01,348 regular and ex-regular students will appear in the examinations in 2882 centres of the state.
“The examination for first language paper would be conducted tomorrow at 9 AM and end at 11.40 AM. The duration of examination for each subsequent paper would be the same apart from Mathematics- which will have 15 minutes of extra time and will end at 11.55 AM. The superintendents will allow a 10-minute break to the students to collect the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets during the examination,” said Nanda speaking to reporters today.
Speaking about the failsafe methods adopted by the BSE this year to facilitate OMR sheet and question papers, Nanda explained that the Board has taken a multi-layered approach to overcome possible shortages in delivery.
“The centre superintendents have been asked to open the OMR sheet packets much before the examination and verify if they have necessary numbers of sheets in the packets. We have sent 25 additional OMR sheets to each centre this year. Besides, 300 additional sheets have been kept handy at each nodal centre. In a situation where-in both these methods prove to be inadequate, we have asked the superintendents to get in touch with the DEOs or the board headquarters”.
“We have also taken enough precautions to ensure there is no shortage of question papers. We advise the superintendents to immediately check the label on the question paper packets to ensure that they have received necessary numbers of question papers. Like in case of OMR sheets, they need to get in touch with the DEO, the nodal officer or the Board headquarters in case of a shortage,” Nanda explained while adding that the Board has kept additional question papers at the district nodal centres.