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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The annual high school certificate (HSC) examinations conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) commenced in Odisha today.

This year, altogether 5, 60, 905 students are appearing the exam at 2,888 centres across the State. The gates of the examination centres were opened at 9.20 AM and examinees were allowed to enter the centres. The test began at 10 am when the students were allowed to open the question booklets of MIL (Odia) paper on the first day of the examination today.

In the first phase, the students have been asked to write answer for objective type questions from 10 am to 11 am and subjective type questions from 11 am to 12.30 pm.

The question papers were dispatched to exam centres from nodal centres today morning amid tight security. As many as 307 nodal centres have been set up to keep the question papers. Similarly, 1000 sensitive exam centres have been brought under CCTV surveillance.

Elaborate arrangements have been made in Maoist-affected Malkangiri and other districts for conduct of Matric examination without any untoward incidents. The question papers which were kept in police stations at sensitive areas were sent to the examination centres under taut surveillance. As many as 5674 students will appear for the HSC exam in the district in 33 centres. CCTV cameras have been installed in 11 centres.

In Gajapati district, nine centres have been set up for the annual examination. The question papers were sent to exam centres in the presence of magistrate and police officials.

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