VISAKHAPATNAM: The Intermediate first year examination began on a keen note here Wednesday, registering a turnout of 95.21 per cent. The Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) set up 111 examination centres in the district. As many as 48,870 students out of the registered 51,327 students attended the examination, which includes 46,552 general category students and 3,427 students of occupational category. Around 2,457 students were absent for the examination.
The Regional Intermediate officials also mentioned that save for one case of a student being debarred at an exam centre Munchingput village of Visakhapatnam agency, the rest was all fine. Four flying squads and 14 sitting squads were arranged for the examination.
Meanwhile, Vizag city Wednesday morning was in the grip of exam fever, as students thronged at exam centres. Many students were also seen at temples, particularly the Sampath Vinayak temple which buzzed with students forming lines clutching their hall tickets and offering prayers. As per the strict instructions of the BIE officials, students reached exam centres half-an-hour before the examination. The APSRTC plied extra buses in view of the examination.