UP Board 2024 exam begin under hitech surveillance on QR code answersheets, 16 districts marked highly sensitive

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The Board of Secondary Education Uttar Pradesh (UP Board), which conducts Asia’s largest examination, commenced its 2024 high school and intermediate examinations under tight vigilance. The examination began with Hindi-Commerce exam in high school and Military Science and Hindi papers in Intermediate.
The examination was held in two shifts. In the first shift, high school exams was held from 8:30 am to 11:45 am while in the second shift, intermediate exams was held from 2 pm to 5:15 pm. On the first day, the Hindi subject examination of high school was conducted at 8,232 centers while that of Intermediate was held at 8,273 centres.

55.25 lakh students registered for the exam

A total of 55,25,308 lakh students have got themselves registered for the exam, of which 29,47,311 are registered for high school and 25,77,997 for intermediate exam.

Quick Response Team to keep 24×7 monitoring of social media

For ensuring free and fair examinations, the Board for the first time has deployed Quick Response Teams (QRT) for 24×7 monitoring of social media, especially WhatsApp, X, Facebook, Telegram as well as online web portals/sites. The effort is aimed at maintain sanctity of examinations through checking of possible attempts of leaking of question papers, as witnessed in the past, through social media or any other medium. Any such misact would be dealt with strictly and action would be initiated under Section 4/10 of Uttar Pradesh Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act-1998.

QR code to prevent swapping of answer sheets

UP Board has taken a new step to check exchanging of answer sheets. A logo has been placed on the cover page as well as the inner pages. Page numbers are marked on each page of the copies. Also, the pages of the answer sheets have been stitched instead of stapled and printed in different colors.

Computerized identity card with QR code and serial number for room inspectors

UP Board has for the first time given computerized identity cards containing a secure QR code and serial number to 3,11,453 room inspectors. The Board Secretary said that this system will make it easier to assign duty to room inspectors and will also make the examination system more robust and transparent.

24×7 online monitoring of examinations

A command control room has been created in all the regional offices including the UP Board Headquarters from where there will be online monitoring of all the examination centers and strong rooms. For the first time, the Board Headquarters has established Command and Control Rooms in five regional offices of the Board including Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Bareilly and Meerut. Immediate action would be initiated in case of incidents of cheating or any other kind of undesirable activity was noticed at the examination centres. Mobile squads will be informed immediately.

Question papers will be opened in the presence of three officials

Question papers have been kept in the strong rooms built at the examination centres. Before the examination, question paper packets will be opened in the presence of three officials. During this time, Center Administrator, External Center Administrator and Static Magistrate will be present. If the question paper of any subject other than the one scheduled for the day was opened, action would be taken against all the three officials present.

416 mobile squads to inspect examination centers during exam

416 mobile squads have been formed across the state to conduct inspection during examinations. Of these, three to four members have been appointed in each squad. To prevent copying, a total of 2,218 officers along with 75 state level observers, 430 zonal magistrates and 1297 sector magistrates have been deployed. Besides, STF, local intelligence department and police have also been made active.

16 districts marked as ‘Highly Sensitive

From the examination point of view, Ballia, Prayagraj, Mathura, Deoria, Kaushambi, Agra, Baghpat, Mau, Hardoi, Azamgarh, Chandauli, Ghazipur, Aligarh, Gonda, Etah and Mainpuri districts have been marked as ‘highly sensitive’. As per UP Board Secretary Dibyakant Shukla, board officers will keep a special watch on proceedings of the examinations in these districts besides will be continuously monitored by the control room.

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