No decision yet on new Plus-II exam pattern

Bhubaneswar: Uncertainty continues to prevail over the examination pattern of the Plus-II course in Odisha as the State government is yet to take a call on conducting Board examinations in the 1st year of the two-year course.

According to sources, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has already submitted a report on conducting board exams in the 1st year to the School and Mass Education department. While the Council has suggested conducting 1st year Board exams, the State government is reportedly not being able to arrive at a decision.

“Some information was sought from me and accordingly I have furnished details to the Mass Education department. We are in doubt over conducting the tests and we will act as per the State government’s decision on the matter,” said CHSE chairman Basudev Chattoi.

Notably, the CHSE had recommended the test pattern in line with other States like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Nagaland. Council believes, such a pattern will help students to secure good marks in all-India entrance examinations like Medical and Engineering.

However, with decision yet to be taken on the matter, confusion is rife among four lakh Plus-II students over the pattern of tests that they have to appear.

“Earlier they told us that the examination will be conducted as per the new pattern and counseling will be done. However, the decision has not been conveyed by the board authorities yet. We are in total confusion over the exam pattern,” said a student.