Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations begin across the country on Sunday with a total of 926,814 candidates sitting for the public exam.
The number of examinees this year marked a rise 147,373 since 779,441 students registered for the HSC and equivalent examinations in 2011.
Of the total examinees this year, 496,395 are male and 430,419 female. 
The examinations will be held in 2,196 centres across the country under 10 education boards, including Madrasah and technical boards.
The number of examinees is 750,852 in eight general education boards, 85,226 in Madrasah board, 86,415 in technical education board and 4,321 under Diploma-in-Business Studies (DIBS).
Besides, 182 students will take part HSC examinations in five centres abroad, officials said, adding that the authorities have already taken all necessary measures to maintain discipline in examination centres across the country.
BBN/SSR/AD-31Mar12-9:30 pm (BST)