The question paper on the local language Odia allegedly went viral on social media about an hour after the start of the annual High School Certificate examination on Friday. This is the first day of the HSC examination managed by the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha. The question paper surfaced on social media platforms in Nuapada and Dhenkanal areas. However, Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra rubbished the reports saying that mobile phones were completely banned at the examination hall.
"As per the system, question papers are moved to nodal centres and saved there in police custody. It was dispatched to examination centres under strong police security. There is no way the question paper could leak as the packets were opened in the presence of board officials," Patra said. However, the BSE Board authorities confirmed that the Odia question paper has been distributed on social media. "The question paper was leaked after the start of the exam and the board will manage an inquiry into the matter," declared BSE president Jahan Ara Begum. "We had made all sorts of security systems. Mobile phones in the exam hall were completely prevented. Disciplinary action will surely be taken if the enquiry reveals that anyone has strayed from the instructions," she added.
A total of 5.87 lakh candidates are appearing in the HSC exam across the state, said sources.