The Matriculation examination (Class X) conducted by Bihar School Examination Board will start from Thursday in two sittings that will see two sets of question papers.
Both the sittings on Thursday will have the English paper. This kind of division has helped bring down the number of exam centres from 1,900 to 1,158 this year. The examination will continue till March 13, the optional paper exams being conducted on the last day.
Around 13.37 lakh students — 7.29 lakh boys and 6.08 lakh girls — will sit for the exam. There has been a slight dip in the number of students taking the exam this year. In 2013, 13.69 lakh students, including 7.63 lakh boys and 6.06 lakh girls, took the exam. Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said: “The number of candidates taking the Matriculation examination has not changed much as we have seen a rise in the number of candidates appearing in examinations through Bihar Board of Open Schooling and Examination, madrassa board and Sanskrit board.”
Patna district has the highest number of examination centres at 66, down from 104 in previous years. Sheohar district has the lowest number at just five examination centres.
Sinha threatened strict action against those who indulge in unfair means during examinations. For fair conduct of examinations, 1,158 static and 293 flying squad magistrates would be deployed at various centres. Videography will take place at all centres.
Bihar School Examination Board chairman Rajmani Singh said: “For the convenience of students, like in previous years, a control room has been installed. The phone number is 0612-2221320.”
The board has distributed admit cards to many students. Those who have not received it can download the same from the board website, www.biharboard.net.