Senior Secondary Certificate Exams across Maharashtra started smoothly on Saturday across 3,812 centres. On the first day of the exam 173 candidates were booked for cheating in the state but no offenses were registered in Mumbai division.
Nearly 17.4 lakh students from 20,507 schools are appearing in the SSC exam this year. The first paper in the morning shift was for first language subject — Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi, Telugu etc. In the second shift, students who have opted for French took their exams. On Saturday, 173 were booked for cheating except Mumbai division where not a single cheat was caught. Latur division too managed to maintain a clean sheet.
The Nagpur division saw the maximum number of cheats (83). Nashik with 43 and Pune with 28 cases came second and third respectively.
Interestingly, the board has deployed about 245 flying squads (seven per district) to prevent exam malpractices. The district collectors have been given the charge of the vigilance committees. Divisional commissioners have also been asked to visit exam centres occasionally to keep a check on the students.