Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Monday informed that as many as 5, 60,891 students will appear for the upcoming annual High School Certificate Examination in the State at 2,888 exam centres.

BSE Exam controller, Nihar Ranjan Mohanty said a total of 307 nodal centres have been set up for the exams which also include 22 police stations in sensitive areas.

While the board has announced to ensure that all exam centres will remain under CCTV surveillance, at present, installation of CCTV is underway at 1,000 sensitive exam centres in the State. The Board authorities have said that in order to prevent any kind of malpractice and untoward incidents like leakage of question papers, the nodal centres will be equipped with round-the-clock surveillance and security.

This apart, to conduct the exams in a hassle-free and fair manner, there will be a three-tier security system during the annual exams. As per the schedule, the printing works of question papers is underway. While the admit cards for students will be dispatched to schools from February 8, interested candidates can also download their hall tickets online by visiting the official website of the Board from February 7.

The annual HSC examination for class 10 students will commence from February 19 and conclude on March 2.

Briefing mediapersons in this regard, the board's exam controller said all preparations for the exam have reached their last phase. Questions papers will be sent to nodal centres from February 10 in the first phase.

Mohanty urged school authorities to log into and get all information including school nodal centre, examinee strength, whether their institute is a nodal centre or evaluation centre by logging in their allotted user id and password.