BANGALORE: Over 8.2 lakh students will appear for the annual SSLC exam, held under a new format, from March 16. Of this, around 6.9 lakh students are freshers, while 1.06 lakh students are trying to clear their pending papers. T M Kumar, director (exams), Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board, said admission tickets and nominal rolls will be sent to all schools by the second week of February. With multiple-choice questions being introduced for the first time, 12 versions of question papers have been set for each subject to prevent copying. Question paper packets will be opened inside the exam halls, only after two candidates certify that the seals are intact. "This year the candidates have to answer in question paper only. Enough space is provided for each question accordingly.
Two blank pages are provided at the end, for any extension of answers or to rectify mistakes committed in the main body. Mathematics subject will have four additional pages," Kumar said. To prevent malpractice, the Board has made arrangements for videography at sensitive centres. According to Kumar, deputy commissioners and chief executive officers have been asked to form squads and make daily reports to the commissioner of public instruction. Each squad has to visit at least three centres with videographers. "If there are malpractice, the Board will not hesitate to cancel the exam or order re-exam. Schools found guilty will lose recognition," Kumar said. In other gesture, the Board has decided to allow extra time to candidates with special needs.