Students taking the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) higher secondary examinations were in for a rude shock on Friday when their accountancy paper turned out to be both difficult and lengthy. Others differed when it came to the biology paper that they appeared for on the same day, with some complaining about indirect questions.
Accountancy, which is considered a scoring subject and for which students had been practising all the year round, turned out to be a bitter disappointment for most. “Most questions were tricky in some or the other way and even calculations were lengthy,” said Shailender Kaur, a teacher from Bloom Public School."It is sad for the children who had studied all year and were hoping to score full marks because even though they knew the concept, they couldn’t solve questions because of a lack of time," said Neelam Gupta, a teacher from Ahlcon International School.
“I had gone through the questions of the past 10 years, and this year’s was definitely the toughest. The questions were very different and much more difficult than sample papers,” said Abhishekh Agarwal, a student. Both students and teachers said that the difficulty level was different across sets and that set three was tougher than the others.
As for the biology paper, both students and teachers said that questions were framed in a manner that was difficult to understand.
“The paper was a little off from the routine pattern. Framing of some questions was a little complicated for students, especially the question on effect of anthropogenic action on organic revolution. For average students, the paper was a little tricky. Overall, it was alright,” said Dr Remy Kaul, a teacher.