Srinagar: 95 per cent of the 32,000 students appear for their board exams on Monday in Kashmir, a pleasant change following months of unrest.
According to officials, the exam on the first day was conducted smoothly at more than 450 centres across Kashmir, including 73 in Srinagar. There were few minor incidents in Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, and Baramulla but overall the exams went peacefully.
The official added that about 94.88 per cent of the total 31,964 students appeared in the examination and the overall attendance of the students was up by 2.56 per cent from 2015.
Over 480 centres have been set up for about 48,000 candidates for Class XII board examinations across Kashmir division, the official said, adding that the students who opted for the sixth paper appeared for the test on Monday.
According to officials,, the highest appearance percentage of the students was recorded in central Kashmir's Budgam district where about 96.10 per cent of the students wrote their papers.
Budgam was followed by Anantnag in south Kashmir where 96.01 per cent students appeared in the examination, he said.
The officials said North Kashmir's Bandipora witnessed the lowest attendance at 92.80 per cent.
Two other south Kashmir districts Pulwama and Shopian recorded 94.65 and 93.66 per cent, respectively.
North Kashmir's Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara districts recorded attendance at 92.80, 93.70 and 93.10 per cent, respectively, the official said, adding Srinagar and Ganderbal in central Kashmir recorded 95.83 and 92.93 per cent attendance.
The government had decided to hold the exams as scheduled despite demands by parents that they be put off as the unrest had disrupted educational activities in the Valley.
Massive security arrangements were put in place across the Valley for the smooth conduct of the examination.