While the papers of the core subjects for both class 10 state board exams will conclude within May itself, the elective papers will make the exam extend up to June 1. Amidst the Covid treats, the practical examinations are scheduled to be held on March 4 and 5, only in the examination centres and not in the schools of the candidates.
For Covid-19 safety protocols, Rs 25 per candidate has been sanctioned by Seba for all examinees this time, in addition to the centre fee of Rs 300, to be borne by the state government for BPL candidates. The total exam centres this year have gone up to 878 from last year’s 860.
“Record breaking number of candidates applied for HSLC and AHM exams this year, with 4,39,379 candidates registered to appear in 2021. This figure is more than 85,000 candidates, if compared to last year,” said controller of examinations at Seba, Nayan Jyoti Sarmah. Seba was planning the exam schedule of the class 10 boards from May itself on the lines of CBSE.
He added, “Exam centres have been allowed to create venues to accommodate an excess number of candidates of centres as per the recommendation of the inspector of schools concerned,” Sarmah, however, said that the additional venues must be located within 1 km from the main centre and have proper boundary walls with CCTV cameras installed to monitor the proceedings.
Seba has earmarked 39 zones for evaluating over 26 lakh answer scripts during the exam.
A new system of evaluation is being introduced at zonal level, where a software has been developed for entering marks into the system generated marks-foils. “Instead of hard copies of marks-foils, marks will be entered at zonal level by the technical experts appointed by Seba,” Sarmah said, adding that the evaluation process will speed up so that the results can be declared in the first week of July.