The Uttar Pradesh Board Examinations for class X and XII are all set to begin from February 7. While the class 10 examinations would begin on February 7 and end in 14 working days on February 28, the class 12 intermediate examinations would also begin on 7 February and end in 16 working days on March 2, UP’s deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma told Hindustan Times. This year’s intermediate examinations would have 269 question papers against 308 last year.
Moreover, to prevent cheating, the examinations would see voice recorders along with CCTVs in most examination halls. “All the district inspector of schools have informed that CCTVs and voice recorders have been installed in examination halls and about 1314 centers have been identified as sensitive and another 448 labelled highly sensitive,” Sharma said while reiterating the BJP government’s commitment to eliminate the ‘copying mafia’ from UP Board examinations. The answer copies would be bar coded, Sharma added.
The Aadhaar number of all candidates have been uploaded on the UP Board’s website along with other details of the students taking the examinations. “In 2016-17 when the Aadhaar details were not uploaded then the total number of students registering themselves for the examinations was 67.18 lakh. This figure was reduced to 53.84 lakh when the detail was first uploaded in 2017-18 and in 2018-19 Aadhaar detail being uploaded along with other effective anti-copying measures being initiated saw further dip in the number of examinees to 52.65 lakh candidates,” Sharma said.
Last year, approximately 60,29,252 candidates had appeared for the Class X and Class XII Board Exams. This year it has been reported that there is a considerate fall in the number of enrolling students.