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Odisha 10th Result 2023: Decline in Number of Students Taking HSC Exam

The number of students participating in the Odisha board exams in 2023 has seen a decline.

The number of students participating in the Odisha board exams in 2023 has seen a decline. According to a previous report, approximately 18,000 students in the state missed the summative-II matriculation examination, also known as the matric final exams, which took place in March. In the summative-I exam held in November last year, 14,000 candidates were absent. The Odisha 10th Result 2023 indicates that this year, 5,21,444 students took the exam, compared to 5,85,730 students last year and 5,74,125 students in 2021. In 2022, an alarming number of 44,000 pupils did not write the test.

The dropout rate in secondary schools in Odisha was 16.06% in 2020-21, but it rose to 27.2% in 2021-22, which is more than double the national average for the previous academic year (12.6%). These rates are particularly higher among Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. In the academic year 2020-21, over 49,000 students dropped out before entering the higher secondary level, including 15,792 students from the tribal category and 11,045 students from the SC category. This year, the highest number of dropouts, 1,199 students, came from the tribal-dominated Bolangir district, while Coastal Balasore saw 1,158 dropouts.

Here is the trend of the number of students taking the Odisha board exams over the years:


2023 | 5,21,444
2022 | 5,85,730
2021 | 5,74,125
2020 | 5,60,905
2019 | 3,97,125
2018 | 5,90,367

Samir Ranjan Dash, the Minister of School and Mass Education, attributed the decrease in matriculation exam turnout to the waived examination fees. He stated, "When a student pays the examination fees while filling up the form, they feel obligated to appear for the examination. Since the government has waived the fees this year, it is evident that students may not find it compelling enough to take the exam and could drop out."

The minister also expressed his intention to inquire about the exact number of dropout students after the examination concludes. He emphasized that the department will take the matter seriously and investigate the underlying causes.

In other news, the BSE Odisha HSC result for 2023 has been announced, with a total of 96.4% of students passing the exam. Among the successful candidates, 95.75% are boys, while the pass percentage for girls stands at 97.05%. Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur have been recognized as the best-performing districts with a pass percentage of 97.99%. Malkangiri district has once again recorded the lowest pass percentage, with 92.63%.