For the first time in the history of the State Board, two Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam papers were held on a Sunday – one in the morning and another in the evening. The papers went smoothly, say sources. Almost 57,043 students appeared on time for the Biology paper held between 11 am and 2 pm, and 2,11,507 students appeared for the Economics paper without any trouble between 3 pm and 6 pm, as there was no rail block.
State Board chairman (Mumbai division) Laxmikant Pandey claimed everything went smoothly. Though sources said 48 people did call on the Board’s helpline number complaining that the Biology paper was difficult, there were no complaints about late arrivals.
Pandey said, “There were no calls from students complaining of not reaching their exam centre on time, as the railways agreed not to hold a mega block on eh day. Around 202 centres and 320 sub-centres were made available for HSC students in the city. Even our staff came on time for the examinations at their deployed centre.”
Both the Central and Western Railways didn’t operate their routine mega blocks on Sunday. Normally on any given Sunday, the trains run full as the authorities operate only 30 per cent of the scheduled services due to mega blocks.
Meanwhile Jayant Ghadge, a counsellor of the State Board’s Mumbai division, said, “Today there were fewer calls from students about not being able to reach their centre.”