An Indian woman has sat a three-hour school-leaving examination 30 minutes after delivering a baby in a government hospital. Tapasi Bhadra, 18, gave birth to a healthy boy at 11.30am on Friday, at Habra on the outskirts of Calcutta. At noon she took the political science test - the Indian equivalent of an A-level exam - in the hospital under the watchful eyes of a nurse and an education inspector. 'Her willpower is phenomenal. I had never imagined in my dreams that someone could sit such a tough examination just half an hour after delivery', hospital superintendent Sumitra Sen said. Ms Bhadra's labour pains began after she sat her geography paper on Thursday morning at an examination centre. Before she was admitted to hospital, she pleaded with her father to convince her school principal to make special arrangements so that she could take her political science test after the delivery. When school principal Sadhana Banerjee telephoned Dr Sen at 10.45am on Friday, she was told that Ms Bhadra was already in the labour room. Soon after giving birth, she said she was ready to take the examination. An education spokesman said special arrangements could be made for exam candidates suffering 'temporary disabilities, illness or indispositions'. Ms Bhadra was wheeled into a doctor's chamber, where she took the examination in the presence of a nurse and the official. Dr Sen said Ms Bhadra had a natural birth with no complications. 'If it hadn't been a normal vaginal delivery, she would have been in no position to achieve the remarkable feat,' he said. Ms Bhadra said: 'I am overjoyed. I did well in both the tests: maternal and academic. I will never forget this day in my life.' Asked if she regretted being married off at such a young age, she said: 'Although it was an arranged marriage, I love my husband and in-laws. In fact, my father-in-law encouraged me to appear for the political science test if I could. 'Now my son and I will pursue our studies together.' Her mother has taken charge of the newborn so that Ms Bhadra can concentrate on the remaining exam papers.