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Cheaters score 0 on Day 1, Paper 1 of II PUC

II PUC examinations kickstart on a smooth note; candidates say both subjects were easy affairs.

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It was a good start to the second-year PUC final examinations. There was not even one case of malpractice reported from the city on the first day of the examinations. Last year, three cases of malpractice were reported on the very first day.

Officials from the department of pre-university education were pleasantly surprised that the day passed off without any incidents. “We are surprised to see that there were no malpractice cases in the city,” said an official.

The department had gone all out to prevent malpractice. Not less than 2,790 squads were deployed to visit centres where the examinations were being conducted. At some centres, superintendents were changed to facilitate better vigil. “We have taken all possible measures to avoid malpractices across the state. In the city, we have even appointed special women squads to check on girl students,” said D Karunakaran, joint director (examinations), PUE department.

“The number of colleges and examination centres is higher in Bangalore, the capital city. So we deployed 10 special squads for the city alone,” said Karunakaran. However, there were cases of candidates being debarred from the examination centres elsewhere in the state. Twenty-three candidates faced such punitive action, and one person faces a case of impersonation. Most of the malpractices were reported from North Karnataka. Four cases each were reported from Gulbarga and Bijapur; three each from Belgaum, Bagalkot and Haveri. Two cases were reported in Kolar and one each in Bellary, Davangere and Mysore.

At Hassan, one Mahesh attempted to take the Accountancy examination on behalf of the original candidate, Harsha. “The squad team found that the photograph in the hall-ticket had been replaced,” Karunakaran said. “The accused was handed over to the police, who are attempting to trace Harsha. This incident happened at Government Boys’ PU College, Arkalgud taluk, Hassan district,” he added.

A helpline set up by the department to address rumours of question paper leakage received no such complaints. “Some callers wanted to know if the student number or registration number should be written on the answer booklet. Some wanted to write answers in another language,” said Karunakaran.

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