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Odisha Matric Exam 2019: Standard Protocol Issued To Receive Question Papers At Nodal Centres

01 February 2019

Bikash Sharma

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Cuttack: Taking cognizance of the alleged question paper leak incidents during the Annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examination last year, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha has issued a standard protocol to check such occurrences in the upcoming board examination.

BSE Controller of Examinations Nihar Ranjan Mohanty said that earlier the question-cum-answer booklet was received by a nodal officer at the nodal centres, but from this year an OAS or ORS or OES officer, selected by the district administration in collaboration with the District Education Officer (DEO), will be posted at the centre to certify that the question-cum-answer booklet has been received in a sealed condition.

President of the Board, Jahan Ara Begum, informed that this year 304 nodal centres have been identified across State for safe custody of the question papers and 693 despatch teams will be used to transfer the booklets from the nodal centre to the examination centres.

In comparison to last year, various safety measures have been adopted this year for smooth conduct of the examination. Earlier the booklets reached the examination centres a day before commence of the examination, but from this year they will despatched from the nodal centres only on the day of the examination.

Besides, process for installation of CCTV cameras at the examination centres has started, she added.

She further informed that there has been a change in timing in conduct of the examination. While previously the examination commenced at 9 AM, from this year it will start at 10 AM and accordingly timing of handing over the booklets to students has been changed.

The BSE is going to conduct the annual High School Certificate (HSC), Madhyama and State Open School Certificate (SOSC) examinations together this year starting from February 22.

In total 5,72,699 students including 5,45,364 regular, 25,008 ex-regular, 2,106 correspondence regular and 221 correspondence ex-regular will be appearing the HSC examination this year at 2830 examination centres.

Similarly, 3,009 students including 2,754 regular and 255 ex-regular will be appearing the Madhyama at 44 centres. Further, 12,012 students including 6,894 fresh and 5,118 back will be appearing the SOSC examination at 79 centres.

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Jahan Ara Begum, President, BSE, Odisha

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Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, Controller of Examinations, BSE, Odisha