Over 10 lakh students will be attempting the SSLC Examinations set to begin on Wednesday.

According to a press release from K. Devarajan, director of Government Examinations, the examinations will begin at 9.15 a.m. and students will be given time until 9.25 a.m. to read the question paper. The next five minutes can be used to check the particulars in the ‘Top Sheet’, which is being provided to students this time in both the class X and XII board examinations. The examination will be held till 12 noon, the release added.

Around 10,38,876 from 11,552 schools in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be writing the examination in 3,179 centres. In Chennai, 56,556 students from 588 schools will be writing the examinations in 207 exam centres. In 2013, around 10,51,062 students took the examination through the schools.

A total of 7,31,430 students will be writing the examination in Tamil this year. Forty-five inmates from Puzhal prison and 74 from Tiruchi Central Prison will also be attempting the examination. Around 74,647 students will be writing as private candidates, the release said.

The initiatives introduced during the class XII Higher Secondary Examinations such as the ‘Top Sheet’ with pre-filled details of students and answer booklets with more sheets have been extended to the SSLC examinations. The release added that the answer sheet will have 30 pages.

With reference to security measures, the release said that the custodian points have been inspected by officials and will have 24-hour security. The question papers will be sent through ‘route officers’. District Examination Committees have been formed under the Collectors for surprise visits. The flying squad has around 5,000 members. The examination centres will have generators to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

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