The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2018 under ten education boards began today across the country amid tougher measures taken to check question paper leakage and other malpractices in the examinations.
A total of 13,11,457 examinees from 8,864 educational institutions are appearing in the examinations this year. Of them, 6, 35,697 are male and 5,47,989 female, said officials of the Education Ministry.
They said all the authorities concerned are sincerely working to root out all possible sources of question paper leakage as a vested quarter is involved in the malpractices.
A total of 10,92,607 candidates are sitting for the examinations from eight general education boards while 1,00,127 under the Madrasa Education Board and 1,17,754 from the Technical Education Board.
A total of 1,27,771 candidates have increased this year compared to the previous year.
Besides, 299 students are participating in the examinations from seven overseas centres.
All the examinees have been asked to take their seats in the examination centres 30 minutes before the examinations begin.
The written examinations will continue until May 13 while the practical examinations will be held from May 14 to May 23.
Candidates with physical disabilities receive an additional 20 minutes in the examinations while the examinees with special needs, including those with autism, get 30 additional minutes.
A total of 11, 83,686 examinees appeared in the HSC and equivalent examinations last year.