The intermediate examination of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) began Tuesday across 38 districts of the state.
The exam will be a big test for a reformed BSEB, which has lately introduced a series of corrective measures since the topper scam hit the headlines in May-June last year, to conduct the examinations in a fair manner.
On examination eve, BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said: “Preparations for the examination are complete. We have gone through our checklist several times to keep unfair practices out.”
“District magistrates have been asked to clamp Section 144 of CrPC within 200 metres around exam centres to prevent assembly of five or more persons,” he said.
As many as 12.62 lakh students are set to appear in the examinations that will be conducted in two shifts from 9.45am to 1pm and 1.45pm to 5pm. The examination will end on February 25.
- Number of students: 12,61,793
- Boys: 7,04,868
- Girls: 5,56,925
- Science stream: 6,60,035
- Arts stream: 5,39,253
- Commerce stream: 61,152
- Vocational stream: 1,353
- Total exam centres: 1,274
- Control room nos.: 0612-2227587, 2227588, 2229840 & 2232249; (fax: 0612-2230599, 2233423)
Among the total examinees, 7.05 lakh are boys, while 5.57 lakh are girls.
ISc students will take exam in the very first session in biology, while commerce students will take the exam in entrepreneurship. The second session will see exams in philosophy and Hindi paper for vocational students.
“To keep family members and chit handlers at bay who used ladders to scale walls at rural centres, strong police deployment has been planned with videography of the exam as also the outer complex. CCTV cameras will keep a close eye on examinees too,” Kishor said.
The BSEB has also decided to cancel the exam at any centre hit by any irregularity on reports of DM, SP, district education officer (DEO) or officials concerned.
“We have included all officials in a WhatsApp group to exchange information relating to conduct of the examination,” he said.
Replying to a query, Kishor said the BSEB suffered no substantial damage so as to prevent the exam from getting off at the assigned date and time. Hoodlums had attacked the IT section of the BSEB office on Sunday morning and damaged three computers.
“This was a sponsored attack by members of the ‘education mafia’ who wanted to put a spanner in the works. They did not succeed,” he said.
The BSEB has also established 24 hours control room to help students regarding their examination related queries
The board has changed 49 centres and allotted new centres in eight districts following the recommendations of the DEOs. Among the 49 centres, 22 were exclusively for girls.
The BSEB has decided to conduct supplementary examinations for students who could not get their admit cards in the last week of May. The decision was taken keeping in view the mounting unrest among students who were not issued admit cards.
The students had held protests, taking out processions on roads, paralysing vehicular movement in Patna on Monday. They alleged gross negligence on the part of school, colleges and board authorities.
BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said the supplementary examinations would be treated on par with the main examination and results declared in last week of June.