The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations began across the country this morning.
The exams started at 10:00am at 3,512 test centres all over the country.
This year, a total of 20,47,779 students from 28,884 institutions have registered for the exams.
The examinees must enter their respective exam halls 30 minutes before the exam starts. Those arriving after that will have to sign a register book to enter the exams centres.
However, once the exams start, no students will be allowed to enter the halls.
Moreover, No smartphones will be allowed inside the exam centres. Only the secretary of the exam centre will be allowed to use a feature phone.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni visited the Tejgaon Government Girls High School centre at 9:30am.
She told The Business Standard yesterday, "We have taken all the preparations to hold the examinations smoothly. We want cooperation from all quarters, including guardians and teachers."
"There is no chance to leak the question papers. Guardians and students should not pay heed to the question paper leak rumours," she said.
This year, around 16.35 lakh candidates are sitting for the SSC examinations under nine general education boards, while 2.81 lakh students for Dakhil tests under the madrasah education board and 1.31 lakh for vocational exams under the technical education board.
Besides, 342 students will take the tests abroad.