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The annual Odisha High School Certificate (HSC) Examination or the Matriculation examinations 2019 will begin from February 22. Over 5 lakh students will appear for the exam which will ontinue till March 8, 2019.

The Board president Jahan Ara Begum said that a total of 5,72,699 students are set to appear the annual examination out of which 5,45,364 students are regular, 25,008 are ex-regular candidates, 2,106 regular correspondence, and 221 ex-regular candidates. The examinations will be conducted across 2,830 examination centres across the state.

Ms Begum also said the practical examinations of Class 10 students will be held between February 11 and February 16, 2019.

The board president further informed that examination for Madhyama stream will also be held simultaneously with the Matric examination.

In terms of some major reforms incorporated this year, the board has changed the timing of the examination. Earlier, the examination used to begin at 9 AM but this year, the exams will begin at 10 AM. Accordingly the distribution timings of question papers, opening of OMR sheet have also been changed.

This apart, unlike previous years, when the question papers used to be dispatched to the centres a day before the examination; this year, the question sets will be sent to the centres in the morning on the day of the exam itself, said the board president.

To ensure security, free and fair examination, CCTV cameras are also being installed at the examination centres, informed sources.