This year's Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations began on Wednesday morning with participation of a total of 2,468,820 students.
Students from 28,628 educational institutions appeared at the examinations at 2,834 centres across the country.
A total of 2,090,277 students -- 971,336 males and 1,118,941 females - sat for the JSC examination while 378,543 examinees -- 173,442 boys and 205,101 girls -- in the JDC examination, making it 2,468,820 in total.
Some 96,212 irregular students are taking part in the JSC examination while 14,367 in the JDC and the number of special students in JSC is 87,697 while in JDC it is 11,770.
Besides, 959 students sat for the JSC and JDC in nine overseas centres.
The examinations will end on November 18.
In 2016, a total of 2,412,775 examinees appeared at the JSC and JDC examinations.