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Board exams for 8 lakh students begin across 1385 centres in Jharkhand

One student died and three sustained severe injuries in a road accident while they were on way to their examination centre in Latehar

Board exams 2017 Updated: Mar 17, 2017 17:44 IST
Saurav Roy and Vishal Sharma
Visually challenged students appearing in the matriculation examination with help of a writer  at St Margaret school centre in Ranchi, India, on Saturday
Visually challenged students appearing in the matriculation examination with help of a writer at St Margaret school centre in Ranchi, India, on Saturday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

The Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) board exams for matriculation (class 10) and intermediate (class 12) began on Saturday. This year, nearly eight lakh students are appearing at the exams across 1385 centres in the state.

On Saturday, the exams began with home science and commerce for class 10 students, and compulsory core language (English or Hindi) for class 12 students.

A total of 4,66,746 students are appearing for the matriculation exams under JAC this year across 941 centres. The intermediate exams would be conducted across 444 centres for a total of 3,26,107 students.

However, one student died and three sustained severe injuries in a road accident while they were on way to their examination centre in Latehar. Udeshwar Singh died on the spot while Soni, Prabha and Bigni Kumari sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision between the bike they were riding and a truck coming from the opposite direction.

JAC chairperson Arvind Singh said the exams were conducted peacefully across the state, with no cases of use of unfair means or management glitches reported from any of the centres.

“The first day of the exam was good for us as well as the students. No cases of cheating were reported and the over 1300 exam centres too were managed properly,” Singh said.

The JAC exams for class 10 and 12 were supposed to begin on February 16, but were rescheduled due to the Global Investors’ Summit in Ranchi. The JAC had cited possible problems in commuting for the students during the days of the summit as a reason for the rescheduling.

Officials from JAC said the exams to be held on February 16 and February 17 would now be conducted on March 2 and March 3 respectively.

The matriculation students had their music exam on February 16 and Hindi on February 17. The intermediate students had their geology paper on February 16 and vocational papers on the next day.

The remaining schedule for the exam will remain unchanged, officials said. The board exams would conclude on March 7.

JAC also claims to be the first state in India to start the board exams this year. The council also plans to declare the results the earliest in the country.