The Board of Secondary Examination (BSE) of Odisha has started with the Odisha Board Examination 2020 today, on February 19. This year, the BSE has arranged a water-tight security system to prevent the question paper leak.
The examination will end on March 2, 2020, according to the official schedule released by the BSE.
“This year we have taken precautions to prevent question papers from going viral so a secret coding of papers has been done. If anyone attempts to leak the paper, immediately the centre will be identified through the security code. Subsequently the exact paper can be identified and we can take immediate action,” informed Hajra.
Along with matric exam, tests for State Open School, Madhyama Sanskrit apart from Class IX vocational exam will be conducted.
“A total of 5,60,891 students will take in the HSC exam this year. The exam will be held in 2,888 centres across the state from 10am to 12.30pm,” said Hajra.
Candidates will be provided one hour objective question paper from 10 to 11 AM and subsequently subjective question paper will be given to students at 11 AM. Students will get an extra 15 minutes for the mathematics exam paper.
A total of 69 special flying squads will check any cheating or malpractice, Hajra said. A group of retired lecturers have been roped in to act as flying squad members.
There will be 307 nodal centres across the state and these will be used to store question papers amid 24×7 security. The papers will be dispatched to exam centres through special vans, said an official.
A total of 1,000 exam centres have been observed as sensitive and there CCTV cameras installed for security and surveillance. The footage will be monitored by officials in BSE office.
Three-layer security system has been introduced for smooth conduct of the exam. Question papers will be opened in presence of all officials, exam observers, at centres at 9.30 AM.
Mobile phones are not allowed in the exam centres and even the centre superintendent has to deposit mobile phones in the office and same will be followed by invigilators too, added Hajra.
Last year, some of the question papers went viral before the beginning of the exam.