Matriculation examination-2014 in Odisha would begin from February 25 and continue till March 11.
A notification to this effect was made by the Board of Secondary of Education (BSE), Odisha, here on Thursday.
More than six lakh students are going to appear the examinations in both regular and ex-regular streams in about 2700 examination centers across the state.
The examinations would be held on alternative dates for the separate streams, said the BSE president D P Nanda adding the results of the examinations are likely to be published by April 30.
For the first time this year, there would be multiple-choice-answer questions and long questions of equal weightage and a test examination of this pattern be held in every school in the month of January to acquaint the students with the new pattern of questions.
Similarly, doing away with the earlier system of declaring the students passed in three different divisions (first, second and third), the BSE this year has decided to award the students passed in different grades such as A1, A2, B1, B2, C, D, E and F.
A student securing less than 33 percent of marks would be placed in F grade and shall be allowed to repeat the examination for improving his gradation in supplementary or subsequent annual examinations, Nanda said.