On Saturday, Anand Kishor took charge as the full-time chairman of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). Soon after taking the charge, Kishor discussed the future plans to make the Board functioning more transparent. While addressing the media persons, he said that the BSEB would conduct the admissions in Class XI in inter-colleges from this year onwards through OFSS (Online Felicitation System for Students). “The Board is going to set-up an OFSS wing in its office premises by the end of this year”, he added.
“It will be a separate cell, which will be assigned for the admissions processes in Class XI right from uploading online application form, scrutiny of forms, maintaining data and preparing the merit list on the basis of the acquired marks by the candidates,” he said. “The OFSS is a big achievement of the Board to regularise the admission process and Class X pass-outs can easily get all the information about the inter-colleges on www.ofssbihar.in. Around 8.5 lakh candidates took admission in inter-colleges on the basis of first merit list which was released last month,” said Kishor.
To monitor the nine regional centers of the Board at Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Chappra, Munger and Saharsa, the BSEB would set-up a cell named ‘Regional Centre Monitoring Cell. “The Board is creating a new post of the joint secretary as an in-charge of this cell,” said Kishor. The BSEB chairman added that the Board will soon set-up an Employee Resource Planning (ERP) system to connect all the cells and departments of BSEB. “The step is to improve the working condition of employees of the Board,” he said.
“Last year, we changed the exam pattern by introducing 50% objective questions and giving more options in questions to make it easy for the students. The board, however, partially succeeded in its initiative. The pass percentage of Class X had increased from 50.12% in 2017 to 68.89% in 2018, while the pass percentage of Class XII was also increased from 35.24% in 2017 to 52.95% in 2018,” Kishor said.
He added: “Unfortunately, there was no change in the percentage of the toppers. So, we are setting up a team to prepare a strategy which would help students to score more marks, on par with the other Boards.”