Kolkata: The Madhyamik Pariksha (Secondary Examination) conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination (WBBSE) to begin from Monday, 12 March, and will continue until 22 March. Over 11 lakh candidates will appear for their class 10 examinations this year, representing an increase of 40 thousand applicants since last year.
Over 56 percent of the candidates were girls, who had outnumbered boys last year too, said WBBSE Administrator Kalyanmoy Ganguly. The total number of examinees this year is 11,02,921, of whom 6,21,366 are girls. The number of boys appearing in the examination is 4,81,555.
The examination will be held at 2,819 centres across all districts in West Bengal.
The examination is also being conducted for the first time in the Santhali medium. “The questions have been set in the Ol Chiki script. The total number of candidates in the Santhali medium is 832, who would appear at 37 school venues,” Ganguly said.
Only one paper will be held in a day and the exam, will begin at 12 pm and end at 3 pm. Question paper will be distributed at 11:45 am and blank answer sheet will be given at 11:55 am.
Here is the complete exam schedule of the WBBSE Madhyamik exams are following :
March 12: First languages (Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Modern Tibetan, Nepali, Odio, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Telugu, Urdu and Santali)
March 13: Second languages (English, if any language other than English is offered as First Language.
2) Bengali or Nepali, if English is the First Language)
March 14: Geography
March 16: History
March 17: Physical Science
March 19: Mathematics
March 20: Life Science
March 21: Optional elective subject
According a WBBSE notification, examinations in shorthand and typewriting will be held at Kolkata and Siliguri only. Examinations in Sewing and Needle Work will be held for a duration of four hours. Examination in ‘Music Vocal’ and ‘Music Instrumental’ will be of two hours duration for the theoretical portion.
About 48 hours before the start of this year’s exams, the board on Saturday informed the examinees that if caught with cellphones, calculators or electronic devices on the premises of the examination centers, their papers will be cancelled and candidates will be barred from taking any other tests.
The safety steps are in addition to an earlier decision to send question papers for distribution packed in GPS-attached envelopes to the examination centres to eliminate possibilities of a “leak”, the report added.