Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: The High School Certificate (HSC) examination (Matriculation) for 2018 will begin form February 23 and will continue till March 8, Board of Secondary Education (BSE) announced today.

"The State Open School (SOS) and Sanskrit Madhyama exam will also be conducted simultaneously this year. The SOS exam will continue till March 8 while Sanskrit Madhyama will conclude a day before (March 7),” Examination Controller Nihar Ranjan Mohanty said at a press meet in BSE headquarters in Cuttack.

However, the exam time schedule will remain unchanged like previous year, he added.  Question papers for SOS and HSC will be same unlike earlier times.

The students will appear for Odia on the first day of the test while exam for English will be held on February 26. Hindi/Sanskrit test will be conducted on February 28, Mathematics on March 3, Science on March 6 and Social Science on March 8.

The practical examination for vocational courses will be held on any day between February 12 and 17 prior to the theory test. The Board will appoint both internal and external examiners to conduct the test.

The process for filling up forms is in progress which will continue till November 22. Candidates can do the same by depositing the requisite fee amount till 11.45pm on November 21.

The candidates of 15 drought-hit districts have been exempted from examination fee. The exam fee has been waived for the matric students in Bolangir, Angul, Bargarh, Deogarh, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sonepur.

Generally, 2,900 exam centres are set up across the State every year, but this year 100 more centres may be established due to simultaneous SOS and HSC examinations, Mohanty added.

Sources said that the Board has not yet received any directive from the government on reforms in exam process it had announced recently. As per the reforms, students will no more take the exam in their respective schools from the next exam session. Instead, they will be allotted another centre within a radius of 5km of their schools.