Matric Exams Begin in Bihar; Over 17 Lakh Students to Take Test

BSEB chairperson Anand Kishore at a test center in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) matric exam began across the state on Thursday amid tight security with the administration determined to keep the cheaters at bay by confiscating their personal belongings, including shoes, cell phones, and other items before allowing them entry into the exam halls.

Besides some confusion about the timing of the test, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state capital.

In order to ensure cheating-free exams, students were required to leave their shoes outside the test halls and were also required to surrender their personal items until the exams were over for the day. Most students, prepared to face strict checking at all test centers, had come to take the exam either in chappals or bare-foot to escape prolonged scrutiny from the security officials.

BSEB Chairperson Anand Kishore himself visited several schools in Patna where he carried out random checks to ensure students were not carrying any cheat sheet or any electronic device to gain unfair advantage in the exam.

Students were also made aware of the video surveillance cameras at all test centers so they would not indulge in any activity that may cost them a whole year due to mandatory suspension.

The first sitting of the exam began at 9:30 am while the second sitting was to begin at 1:45 pm, officials said.

Across the state, exams were conducted at over 1418 centers. In Patna alone, students appeared at 82 centers, officials said adding more than 84,000 students appeared in Bihar on the first day of the test.

Nearly 17 lakh students are appearing in the exam that would conclude on February 28.

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