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Matric, inter from Feb. 22

The Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) has announced its matriculation and intermediate timetables, and made elaborate arrangements to ensure free and fair examinations.

Both are scheduled to begin from February 22. While the Class X board exam will end on March 8, the Class XII arts, science and commerce qualifier will continue till March 15.

This year, 4,72,337 students are likely to appear for their matriculation across 847 centres in the state. Ranchi alone will host 106 centres. Intermediate, on the other hand, will see 2,81,262 examinees in a total 372 centres.

JAC officials said in 2012, 4,34,566 candidates took the matriculation examination and 3,34,274 sat for their Class XII qualifier.

On why the number of intermediate candidates had gone down drastically, JAC secretary Sushil Kumar Rai claimed last year there were students who had filled up forms for more than one board. “As a result, the numbers swelled. This time, we did not allow such mismanagement,” he added.

He also pointed out that with each passing year, the strength at matriculation centres was increasing. “Enrolment in schools is going on at a steady pace under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan,” he elaborated on why there were more matriculates.

Rai said all examinees would be allotted 15 minutes extra to read their question papers. Intermediate examinees can collect their admit cards from February 9 to 11 from their respective schools and colleges, while matriculation candidates will get theirs from respective district education offices on February 13 and 14.

The first papers for matriculation are commerce and home science, which will begin at 9.45am and continue till 12.30pm. The same for intermediate students is sociology and geology, which will be held from 2pm to 5.15pm.

As far as security arrangements were concerned, Rai said they would form a flying squad of four security personnel for each centre in collaboration with respective district administrations.