The Board of Intermediate Education’s request to APTransco to provide uninterrupted power supply during the exam (9 am to 12 noon) fell on deaf ears. All the exam centres witnessed scheduled power cuts.
As a result, students were forced to write exams without power. The plight of students writing exams in congested rooms in multi-storied buildings was worse with poor lighting and ventilation.
At many centres, the officials had failed to provide even drinking water and furniture. The students had to write their exam sitting on the floor.
Denial of hall-tickets to students by some college managements for non-payment of college fees had led to some students missing the exam at few places.
Meanwhile, BIE secretary Rama Shankar Naik said the Board has sent observers to Nalgonda, Medak, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad and Mahbubnagar to inspect various exam centres.
Also, 21 students were booked for malpractice across the state. As many as 75,091 students remained absent out of a total 10,33,589 candidates registered for the exam on Day 1.