Odisha to Conduct Higher Secondary Examinations from May 18
After a delay due to the ongoing global pandemic, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has decided to conduct the annual Plus Two Examination-2021 from May 18, which will continue till June 12.
The council released a notification on Wednesday regarding this. While the tests for the Science stream will begin from May 18, tests for Arts and Commerce streams would start a day later. For the vocational courses, their examinations will start from May 28 and will be completed in 12 days.
Meanwhile, the practical examinations will be conducted between April 29 and May 8. Examinations of Biology papers (Botany and Zoology) for the regular students will be held in a single sitting with a gap of 20 minutes, the notification stated.
The CHSE has asked the principals and nodal officers to intimate the external examiners, who are appointed by the council, about the practical examinations in advance. “If there is any delay in communication or alternative arrangement is made by the principals or centre superintendents without CHSE approval, the test will be scrapped and results will be withheld, making the centre superintendent responsible for it”, the notification read.
Keeping in mind the entrance exams, the scheduling has been done such that possible clashes might be avoided. A gap of two to three days has been provided to the students before the important papers to help them prepare well for the exams, said officials from the CHSE.
As informed by the Controller of Examination, BK Sahu, the examinations will be conducted under CCTV surveillance. The centre superintendents are requested to take relevant measures in advance. The council is also looking into incorporating COVID safety norms for the exams.
“Form fill up for the tests started on February 6 and would continue till March 3 after which the list of examination centres will be finalised. Subsequently, the SOP will be issued for smooth conduct of the exams”, Sahu said.
Around 3.5 lakh students are expected to appear in the Plus Two examinations this year.