The annual Matric exam began in Odisha today on 23 February 2015. The examinations which began at 9 AM, will conclude at 11:40 AM.
More than six lakh students are appearing in 2799 centres.
A Board of Secondary Education (BSE) official said that adequate steps were taken to ensure that students did not feel the pressure of the examination, as one needed only basic knowledge to crack it.
As per the schedule, the first session the examinations will be of one hour in which the students will answer questions from the OMR sheet. The duration of the second session will be of 1.30 hours in which the students will be provided with the subjective question papers and allowed 10 minutes to go through the questions after which they will start answering the questions from 10:10 AM.
As announced by the BSE, the students entered the examination hall at 8.30 AM and received the OMR sheets and started answering the questions at 9 AM.
The first day of the examination is held for MIL subject.
“We are providing extra time to students to go through the questions and there are both objective and subjective questions, including the optical mark recognition (OMR) pattern,” said BSE president D.P. Nanda.
A three-tier arrangement has been made by the BSE for the smooth conduct of the examination and security of the question papers, including OMR sheets and answer booklets.