Rashmi Ranjan

Braving a sweltering heatwave condition across the state, lakhs of students appeared for the annual matriculation examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Friday. The High School Certificate (HSC) examination, Madhyama (Sanskrit) examination and State Open School Certificate examination will be held till May 6 in offline mode.

After a gap of two years, students sat for the tests in offline mode. A total of 5,71,909 students will be appearing for the High School Certificate exam while 9378 and 4443 students will write for the State Open School Certificate Examination (SOSC) and Madhyama examinations, respectively. 

As per the schedule, the time slot for entering the examination hall has been fixed from 7 am on the first day of the examination and 7.15 am on remaining days. The question papers were distributed as 7.45 am while the examination began at 8 am. 

The part-1 examination began at 8 am and will continue till 9 am while the part-2 examination is scheduled to be held from 9 am to 10 am. However, the students will be given 15 minutes extra time during mathematics examination. 

The students appeared for the test in their respective schools while teachers from other schools will be deployed as invigilators.

The Class 10 exams are being held at a total of 3540 centres - 3203 centres for HSC, 215 for SOSC and 122 for Madhyama exam. Apart from this, 38 special squads have been constituted to check malpractice and ensure smooth conduct of the upcoming matriculation examination 2022 (Summative Assessment-II) across the State. 

It is worthwhile to mention here that, the BSE has adopted three methods for awarding marks to the students. Two of those are alternate methods of assessment while another is a new scheme of assessment.

Under the first method, the evaluation will be done on the basis of scores achieved in Summative Assessment-I, Internal Assessment while the marks to be obtained in Summative Assessment-II will only be considered in another method.

The third method of evaluation will be done giving 20 per cent weightage to Internal Assessment, 30 per cent to Summative Assessment-I and 50 per cent to Summative Assessment-II.

The highest scores obtained by a student in any of the above three methods will be considered as the final marks.