: As many as 4,70,100 candidates will appear for the SSLC examinations to be held in 2,758 centres from March 12 to 26. There are 7,313 private candidates.

Education Minister P.K .Abdu Rabb told reporters here on Thursday that the examinations would be held on all working days, except Fridays, between 1.45 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.. The English, mathematics and social science examinations will be over by 4.30 p.m., IT at 3 p.m. and other examinations at 3.30 p.m.. There was an increase of 11,213 students compared to the previous year. Ten centres have been set up in the Gulf countries and nine in Lakshadweep.

St. Mary's High School, Pattom, has the highest number of candidates, 1,478. Tirur education district has the highest number of candidates, 35,768 and Malappuram revenue district 74,726 students. Kuttanad education district has the lowest of 2,549 students and Idukki revenue district 13,333 candidates. The examination scheduled for March 17 was postponed to March 26 in view of the Piravom byelection.

The questions papers will be kept in 173 nationalised banks and 324 treasuries. In the Gulf countries, the question papers will be kept at the strong rooms in the Indian consulates. In Lakshadweep, the question papers will be kept in the strong room in police stations. The question papers in double packing will be opened only before the students. As many as 25,000 teachers will be posted on invigilation duty. Valuation of answer-sheets will be held at 54 centralised camps by 13,000 teachers. Their valuation allowance has been enhanced.

Entry to examination centres will be restricted to those on duty.

Parents and others will not be permitted. Students can bring drinking water in bottles without labels. Mobile phones have been banned at the examination halls. Invigilators should give the handsets to the Chief Superintendents. Students involved in malpractices will not be allowed to write the examinations. IT examination for regular candidates has been completed.HSC examinations

As many as 4,09,503 students will appear for the Plus-One and 3,71,347 students for the Plus-Two examinations to be held in 1,869 centres from March 12.