Many students, who wrote the CBSE class 12 Mathematics paper on Monday, said it was lengthy because of which they could not attempt all the questions.
However, they did not find the paper too difficult like in 2016 when students had petitioned the Board for grace marks. “The questions in the paper were not twisted like last year. But the paper was lengthy. I left two questions and didn’t get time for revision,” said Shweta Goswami, a student of government school at Mandir Marg in central Delhi.
Aditya, a student of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, said he could attempt questions of only 85 marks.
“Compared to last year, the paper was easy but it was lengthier. Since I left out certain questions I am worried how much I will score,” said Aditya.Students said they wished they had more time as packing all the answers in three hours was back-breaking.
“If I had one hour more, I would have completed the paper,” said another student of the government school at Mandir Marg.
Bhupesh Kainth from Evergreen Senior Secondary School, Vasundhara Enclave said, “The question paper was lengthy and of medium difficulty level. Most of the questions were direct but with a little twist requiring critical thinking.”
Teachers said the paper was of medium difficulty level and most questions were from the NCERT syllabus.
Nitish Gupta, who teaches at Mount Abu Public School, Rohini, said, “The paper was a balanced paper. The difficulty level of the paper was average.”
Shivesh Kumar Singh, Mathematics teacher at Presidium School, Ashok Vihar, said: “The paper was good with questions in set 1 and 2 right up to the mark. Students found set 3 a little lengthy because questions of linear programming which deserved 6 marks were given weightage of just 2 marks. However, overall the paper was fine.”
Tania Joshi, principal, The Indian School, said, “Students and teachers said the paper was better this year. CBSE has gone back to NCERT which is a good thing.”
Last year, parents and principals had written to the CBSE after which it constituted a committee to review the Class 12 Mathematics question paper. Students had complained that they had to do elaborate calculations even for a one-mark question. For four-mark questions, calculations ran into pages.
The panel included a subject expert, curriculum expert and board representatives. The committee said there will be moderation in marking.
Class 12 students will now take history exam on March 23.