The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has released the date sheet for the class 12 and 10 intermediate board exams to be held in the year 2018. The exams for both classes 10 and 12 begin on February 6, 2018, and will be held in morning (7.30 am to 10.45 am) and afternoon (2 pm to 5.15 pm) shifts. The last exam for class 12 will be held on March 10, 2018, and for Class 10, exams will end on February 22.
This time High school exams will end within a record 16 days’ span. Earlier this year, due to Assembly elections, the exams had begun from March 16 onwards.
Class 10 exams will start with Home Science as the first paper, while last paper will be of Sanskrit. Class 12 exams will commence with Hindi (1st paper) and Urdu (2nd paper) will be the last.
Nearly 5 lakh candidates have opted out from the final registration for Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations. An average number of 1.50 lakh students skip registration due to various issues. But this time, the number has grown over three times which is evident from the number of registrations received this year. The registration process had ended last month.
For class 10, a total of 37,12,508 students are expected to appear while in class 12, it is about 30,17,032. In all, 67,29,540 students will sit for the exams. The examination centres should be decided in such a way that they are utilised to their full capacity. The Board has started preparing to conduct the examination in a peaceful way and around 31 districts have been marked sensitive. The UP Board exams 2017 will be held simultaneously at around 11,500 test centres.
Moreover, keeping the mass cheating and other malpractices in mind, the Board is expected to announce new measures to keep a tab on any kind of fraud. Last year, during the board exams, approximately 1,500 students were caught using unfair means. Even FIRs were lodged against 178 invigilators. Cracking on the erring exam centres, the exams at 54 centres were cancelled, while 57 centres were put on the blacklist.
The UP Board introduced a number of reforms like coded copies, strict evaluation and cross-checking of marks awarded by examiners by their supervisors. The UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has decided to geographically map the exam centre through an app to avoid any kind of fraud. Through this app, the Board will ensure only genuine examination centres are allotted to examinees. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had issued Whatsapp numbers to curb the practice of cheating.
Usually, the dates of UP Board High School (Class 10) and Intermediate (Class 12) exams are released around the month of December, but, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who also holds charge of Secondary Education and Higher Education Departments had asked the education department to declare the dates early, so the students may start preparations for the class 10 and class 12 board exams early.