Second PU exams begin amidst tight security

Second PU examinations, the deciding factor of many students’ career, began in the city on Friday. Over 34,380 candidates across 48 centres in Mysuru district are appearing for the exams. The examinations began at 9 am and the first session till 12:15 pm was biology and electronics.

Out of 34,380 candidates, 17,274 are boys and 17,106 are girls. 1,595 are private exam candidates, candidates, 27,802 are freshers and 4,983 are repeaters. 11,811 candidates are from arts stream, 11,810 from commerce, and 10,750 candidates are from science stream.

Out of 48 centres across the district, there are 25 centres in the city limits. Elaborate arrangements have been made by the Department of Pre-university Education for the smooth conduct of the examination. Security has been beefed up at all exam centres with regular policemen and teams in mufti.

To curb malpractices, teams of flying squads, sitting squads and mobile squads have been set up. These squads will pay surprise visits to their respective examination centres and will take immediate action against the persons who are involved in malpractices. In total there are 18 squads that will closely monitor the exam process.

The district administration has imposed Section 144 inside a boundary of 200 metres from the exam centres.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Director of PU Board K M Puttu said that exams on the first day passed off peacefully. “All students have appeared for the exams and there was no untoward incident,” he said.

Confusion prevailed at the Government PU College Kuvempunagar, one of the pre-university examination centres in the city – on Friday morning as the numbering was not done properly. This led to a chaotic situation where anxious students and parents complained to the school authorities.

The college had candidates from three centres. The issue was resolved by the college authorities who redrew the mapping of the rooms allotted and the register numbers of the candidates.

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