The wait for nearly 8 lakh students, who appeared for Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) Class 10 and Class 12 or intermediate (science) examinations this year, will be over soon as the results will be declared on May 30, officials have said.

However, the intermediate results for commerce and arts are likely to be delayed by a fortnight.

“Class 12 results for commerce and arts streams should be out around mid-June,” JAC chairperson Arvind Singh said.

The Class 10 exams were taken by 4,66,746 students this year across 941 centers in the state and the intermediate exams were conducted across 444 centres for 3,26,107 students.

The council hopes to improve the pass percentage of students this year. The performance of students deteriorated last year in Class 10 as well as intermediate, causing concerns for the council that has been dealing with poor results since its formation in 2003.

The Class 10 pass percentage dipped from 71.20 in 2015 to 67.54 in 2016. In intermediate science, the pass percentage dipped from 64.57 in 2015 to 58.36 in 2016. It dropped for commerce stream as well - from 74.18% in 2015 to 62.94% last year.

This year, the exams started on February 19 and concluded on March 7 amidst strict security measures as many of the exam centres fell in Maoist-hit areas of the tribal state. The exams, however, witnessed a few cases of students using unfair means and reported paper leaks.

On April 11, police busted an exam racket with the arrest of a middleman who was carrying answer sheets from the homes of 2 intermediate examinees for submission at an examination centre in Bokaro. On March 3, 6 students in Ranchi were caught writing the exam in a small room instead of the examination hall.

Pictures of Class 12 English question paper reportedly went viral on WhatsApp hardly 30 minutes after the exams began on February 20, raising concerns over the use of tech gadgets and mobile phones by students in exam halls.

Last year, JAC had taken initiatives to put a check on the use of Bluetooth devices, smartphones, and calculators in exam halls. At least 60 students were expelled in 2016 for using unfair means.

“We were very strict this year with students caught using unfair means. I hope this comes as a lesson for potential cheaters,” JAC chairperson Singh said.

Formed in 2003 to conduct board examinations for schools that earlier fell under Bihar board in unified Bihar-Jharkhand, the council has failed to cross the pass percentage of 70 in science. In commerce, the pass percentage has varied from 65-75%.