The Bihar Intermediate examination began on 6th Feb amid tight security across the state to ensure free and fair test.
The conduct of cheating-free examination has been a big challenge for the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) particularly after infamous toppers scam two years back.
The BSEB chief Lalkeshwar Singh and exam racket kingpin Bachha Rai were arrested among others in this connection.
The exam began at 1384 centres across the state and the BSEB claimed it was free and fair.
A total of 12.07 lakh students including 4.88 lakh girls took the exams on the first day of the exam which would come to an end on February 16, BSEB Chairman-cum-Patna Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore told reporters here.
The highest 15 students were expelled in Saran district while one student was expelled in Patna district, it said adding that FIRs have been lodged against one each person in Begusarai, Saharsa and Madhubani district for writing papers for others.
Asked about the incident of question paper leak in Nawada district that went viral during the day, Kishore asserted that it cannot be put into the category of ‘leak’ as it happened after two hours and 15 minutes of the examination.
Kishore said he has directed Nawada District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police to conduct an inquiry into the question paper leak matter as well.