The examination will start at 9 a.m.

The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) in the State, which conducts the final school leaving examination called Matriculation examinations, have decided to conduct this year’s annual examination from February 25.

The Board president D.P. Nanda on Friday announced that the examination this year would begin from February 25 and shall continue till March 9.

“As decided, the examinations on each day shall start at 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. earlier for wintry conditions still prevailing till the last week of February,” Nanda said.

There is also a good news for the examinees as they would be getting 15 minutes, instead of 10 minutes to get themselves acclimatise with the question paper.

Duration increased

“The duration has been increased as from this year we are providing the questions printed in the answer sheets itself,” he added. Sources said at least five lakh students would write the examination in regular stream while a little over 70,000 students have filled up application forms to appear in ex-regular stream. The Board has set up at least 2000 examination centres located across the State to conduct the examinations for the both the streams.

On the contentious issue of safety of question papers, the Board sources said that at least 300 nodal centres have been identified in the entire State which would store the question-cum answer sheets in safe custody under police security.

“Cooperation from all district superintendents of police have been solicited for the safe-keeping of the question-cum answer sheets,” Nanda informed adding that it is the responsibility of the nodal officers to ensure that the question-cum answer sheets reach the examination centres much in advance on the days of the examination.

Three-tier squad

In order to curb cheating and malpractices by the examinees, the Board has decided to deploy a tree-tier squad to oversee that the examinations are conducted smoothly.