The Central Board of Secondary Education successfully tested the centre-based printing of encrypted question papers for the first time in its 32 centres on last Monday. The pilot run was conducted for 11 subjects where the numbers of students were less than 1000 for the Class X compartmental examinations which started on Monday. The test run would continue till July 25, 2018.
Following the question paper leaks of Maths (class 10) and Economics (class 12) earlier this year, the board planned to use encrypted question papers and send it directly to the centres, along with the passwords half an hour before the scheduled time of the exam. The centre heads are instructed to take the printout and then make the photocopies as per the requirements.
In this regard, no incident of delaying is reported till now. Anurag Tripathi added that “The first day trial went off smoothly and we will keep a watch for the rest of the period as to how the system functions and what all needs to be fine-tuned." To maintain the safety, the board sent the double encrypted question papers to the concerned exam centres. The time of getting password was scheduled at 10 am and consequently, the centre superintendents opened the question papers. For any exigency, the board had kept a set of hard copy question papers ready and these question papers were different from the encrypted ones and as per the sources, these hard copy papers are not used till now.
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The tests will cover almost 4000 students, but this new encrypted question papers are not used for the class 12 compartmental exam as it is a day long test. In this regard, a senior MHRD official said: “The board has made a proposal so as to minimise the human intervention in delivery of question papers to the centres. This measure is part of the recommendations received by the ministry from a seven-member high-powered committee set up in April 2018. Based on its success and after analysing the logistics involved, the board will take a call if this could be scaled up for the March 2019 exams as well."
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