Officials informed that over 39.93 lakh students have been enrolled for High School exam and 31.27 lakh for Intermediate. In all, 71.20 lakh students will take the exams. Compared to 2013, number of students has increased by 9.5%.
As always, exams will take place in two shifts across 10,500 centres, the first to begin at 7.30 am and end at 10.45 pm while the second shift will begin at 2.00 pm and end at 5.15 pm.
Officials also informed that the practical exams would take place between January 10 and February 10, 2014. They also said a minor change has been introduced in the marking system of practical exams. So far, practical exam worth 30 marks was totally external and students had to face an examiner from outside their institution who assessed them against a practical subject. But from this year, the exam would be divided into two parts, external and internal, each comprising 15 marks. Students would be evaluated internally by their own teachers.
The officials said anti-copying committees would be responsible to ensure that the exams are conducted in a free and fair manner. A sector magistrate would be deployed at every 8-10 exam centres to oversee a copying-free exam.
To ensure that blacklisted or debarred centres are not used for examination purposes, the education department officials said if a debarred centre will be made an exam centre, then the centre suprintendent would be deployed from outside. In other places, the principal would continue to supervise the exams.
The officials claimed that the board had noticed a positive outcome of online registration process which began when students taking board were in classes 9 and 11 respectively. They said the board has come across 245 schools which admitted that they had no student for enrollment. Taking a strong note of the same, the department is now preparing to issue show-cause notice to these schools so that they may be de-affiliatiated.