The Class X Math paper has let down Delhi students hoping to score a perfect 100.
The number of students scoring a 100 in the subject fell from 904 in 2008 to just 527 this year. In contrast, the national figure for a perfect score in Math almost doubled from 2,647 in 2008 to 4,443 this year.
“The one-mark questions play a big role in getting a perfect 100. This year lots of students scored 97 and 98. They had no conceptual problems but failed to get the short answers right,” said Pooja Kalia, Maths teacher at Springdales School, Pusa Road.
“Moreover, one-mark questions needed calculations that took up time. So, students couldn’t revise the paper,” said Kalia.
A wrong question in Set 3 of the Class X Math paper also affected students psychologically, teachers said.
Many students struggled with that one question. “They were confused and it dented their confidence,” said Pooja Bhatia, Math teacher at DAV Public School, Pitampura.
Neha Ahuja, Class X student at Amity International School, Saket was among those affected.
“I struggled with the erroneous question for close to 20 minutes. So, I may have committed mistakes when I ran short of time,” said Ahuja, who scored 93 marks.
In Science and Technology, too, just one Delhi student scored a 100, down from four in 2008. The all India figures too have fallen from 287 to just six.
“This year the CBSE decided to include questions from the Class IX science practical in the Class X exam. So a lot of students, who had focused only on Class X syllabus were left high and dry," said Mala Gupta, Biology teacher at Springdales School, Pusa Road.