Pune: After burning the midnight lamp for over the year, 14,85,132 students will appear for Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) which will begin from Wednesday. The State board has directed students to reach the examination centre an hour before the examination. The paper will begin at 11 am sharp.
Earlier, the board used to allow the students to write the paper, even if they reach the centre half an hour after the paper begun (ie 11.30 am), but making it compulsory, no student will be allowed to enter examination hall after 10.30 am.
While this year, the rule for students to enter the examination hall at 10:30 am is made stricter than ever, the students are advised to reach their centres well in advance to avoid any confusion regarding the main and sub-centres.
“Although, the board has advised reaching the centre well in advance, the students should check their examination centre properly to avoid the confusion between main centre and sub-centre. It is advisable to check your centre a day prior to the examination,” said board chairperson Shakuntala Kale.
Speaking about the issue, Kale said, “There are very few places where we have main centres and sub-centres, hence we have not mentioned the sub-centres on the hall tickets. However, if we find that students are getting confused due to this, we will certainly make necessary changes about this next year.”
Fight against malpractices
The board has initiated several new policies to deal with malpractices that take place during the board exams. “This year, to avoid the leakage of question paper on social media like last year, we have decided to pack the papers in sealed packs of 25, which will be opened in the classrooms by the supervisors, after taking the signatures from two students in the class. We have established a total of 252 flying squads in the city as a part of our fight against malpractices in the examination. The notorious centres that were identified last year most of them were shut down this year, apart from the ones where we could not find any alternative,” Kale said.
New initiatives this year
† For the first time on an experimental level, the admit cards of the students in Pune division (Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur districts) were given away online this year.
† The instructions on the admit cards are in English as well as Marathi this year, unlike earlier when they were given only in English.
† To prevent swapping of answer sheets, all sheets including the supplements will be recognised with printed barcodes.
† For the first time, 158 students will appear for seven subjects under National Skill Qualification Framework (NSFQ).
4,85,132 students appearing for HSC examination in the State.
2,45,055 students appearing for HSC examination in Pune division.
6,50,898 girl students appearing for HSC examination.
2,822 exam centres in the State.