Cuttack, Feb 22
A total of 6,08,053 candidates will appear for the annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examination-2018 starting from tomorrow in as many as 2,919 examination centres.
The total number of candidates include 5,90,360 candidates for HSC, 13, 978 for SOSC and 3,715 for Madhyama.
The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) has laid down rules and guidelines for candidates appearing the annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examination-2018, Madhyama Examination-2018 and State Open School Certificate (SOSC) Examination-2018 commencing simultaneously from tomorrow.
The BSE has instructed candidates to abide by the rules and regulations strictly. Infringement by a candidate in any of the instructions will render him/her liable to expulsion from the examination hall and such further penalty as the BSE may deem fit to impose including debarring him/her from subsequent examinations and also initiating criminal prosecution.
As per the instructions, the examination hall shall be opened one hour before the beginning of the examination on the first day and 40 minutes before on other days. The Optical Mirror Recognition (OMR) answer sheet will be distributed at 8.30 am and Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Subjective Question cum Answer Sheet will be provided at 8.45 am. Examinees will have to attempt OMR answer sheet first from 9 am to 10 am and then subjective question cum answer sheet from 10 am to 11,30 am in all subjects except Mathematics in which 15 minutes extra time will be allowed. Candidates arriving at the centres 30 minutes after commencement of the examination will not be allowed to appear the examination. Similarly no candidate will be allowed to leave examination hall before an hour after commencement of the examination.
The BSE has asked candidates to darken the circle in the OMR answer sheets completely. Partial darkening will not fetch any mark, informed Controller of Examination Dr. Nihar Ranjan Mohanty. The BSE has instructed candidates not to carry any incriminating materials besides maintaining discipline inside the examination hall. The BSE has also instructed all examination centers to seal OMR answer sheet by 10.35 am and Subjective Books by 12.30 and send center information online between 12.30 pm to 3 pm.
To curb malpractice and ensure free, fair and transparent examination while total 125 special squads have been formed in three levels, as many as 302 Nodal Centers including 23 at different police stations in remote areas have been set up for smooth conduct of the examination.