CUTTACK: Examination fever gripped the entire State on Wednesday as at least three Board and Council annual examinations began on the day putting both students and their parents to stress and anxiety. While ICSE class X and CBSE class XII exams began on the day, the Plus II examination for Arts, Science and Commerce conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Orissa were held in over 1,100 centres across the State.

According to sources, at least 2.23 lakh students wrote the Plus II examination papers throughout the State from Tuesday and it would continue till the end of this month. “The examinations began smoothly across the State and there has been no report of any untoward incident”, said a CHSE official adding that all district Collectors and superintendents of police were requested to ensure maintain law and order at the exam centres.

Similarly, over 20,000 students from over 150 schools across the State also appeared the CBSE class XII and ICSE class X examinations. The national Board exams are being conducted in at least 54 centres throughout the State, sources informed. According to sources, the CBSE class X exams is scheduled to begin from Friday next.

Although, all these exams are scheduled to continue till this month-end, the scenario in all High Schools in the State would have a different look from next week when the State matriculation examinations are scheduled to begin from March 12. Over four lakh students are expected to appear this year's Matriculation exams which are scheduled to continue till March 27.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Bhubaneswar, the State government has decided to do away with load shedding during night for the time being in view of the ensuing matriculation examinations.