New Delhi: Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) students of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education who missed their information technology (IT) paper will now appear for the same on March 20.

The information technology (IT) paper was held on Saturday, March 17 but due to a technical glitch in the paper, several students were unable to take the examination even after repeated attempts and hence it was rescheduled.

Some school’s principal said the problem may have occurred as the board’s server could not take the excess load. However, in some rural areas, connectivity could have been a problem too. Most problems were reported in Mumbai and Pune division.

It may be noted that the state board does not have a count of students who missed the examination. “We will know the total count after the sixth slot on Tuesday. Some of the students may have re-appeared in the existing slots,” said an official from the state board’s office in Pune.

The IT exams are held in six slots across the state with two slots allotted per day. The examination dates for this year’s paper were March 16, 18 and 19 respectively. Students who couldn’t take the IT paper may appear for the same on March 20.

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education allows students to pick their own slot. The question paper sets also vary in every slot.