Amid tight security, senior Intermediate Public Examinations-2013 began across Prakasam district on Thursday.

As many as 20,900 second year students took the second language examination. Set II question paper was given to the students, Board Regional Inspection Officer and District Examinations Committee (DEC) convener P. Manickam said.

DEC members, high-power committee members, eight sitting and six flying squads ensured the smooth conduct of the exam on the first day, he said.

The RIO said no malpractice was detected in any of the examination centres. As many as 1185 students were absent, he added.