Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examination for Class-X will commence on February 20, 2024, and continue till March 4. This was stated by the Board of Secondary Education(BSE,Odisha), Cuttack, on Wednesday. The State Open School Certificate (SOSC) and Madhyama examinations will also be held simultaneously. 

Matric exams and AI 

Significantly, the BSE has decided to make use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor the conduct of the annual high school examinations this year. 

Addressing a press meet on Wednesday, the president of the BSE, Ramashis Hazra said that AI-powered cameras will be installed at strong rooms, DEO offices, and examination halls. A command room will operated by seven to eight persons. In case any discrepancies are noticed, the operators at the command will be intimated about it, said BSE authorities.

The BSE also came out with the exam schedule. The examination will begin with the first language Odia paper on February 20 while the exam for the second language English will be held on February 23. The students will appear for the Mathematics paper on February 26, Hindi/Sanskrit on February 28, Science on March 2, and social science on March 4.

The vocational practical examinations will be conducted in respective schools by OSEPA between January 15 and 31. 

Hazra said that the HSC examinations will be held in 2,991 centres in Odisha while 5,51,611 students have registered to appear for the exams. As many as 7831 students will sit for the SOSC examination in 55 centres while 3037 students will appear for the Madhyma examinations at 107 centres.

According to officials, keeping in view the possible heat wave, there will be no second sitting in the examinations. The evaluation of question papers will start from March 15 and is likely to be completed in the subsequent 12 days, BSE sources informed.