There was chaos at the examination centres of Delhi University on Monday where a bulk of students of BA (Honours) were left panic-stricken after being given a wrong question paper.
In a major goof-up, the students who were to appear for the contemporary English examination got a question paper that was completely out of syllabus.
After a hue and cry was raised at all the centres, the examiners were contacted. Teachers and students said after much delay, the examination office finally sent the correct question paper to all centres, which was embarrassingly not even a printed version.
Similar problems were reported from examination centres where Sanskrit students were appearing for their paper as they too had received an out-of-syllabus paper.
The students of BA (Honours) have to study a language paper and are free to chose between different languages at the beginning of the year.
A major chunk of students usually pick up contemporary English paper, while some go for Hindi, Sanskrit and other languages.
It appeared that instead of the English paper, the students were given 'Individual & Society' paper.
"When students complained that the paper was not according to course, the examiners first refused to admit their mistake. They later accepted that they had sent the wrong paper and the correct paper subsequently sent was not even printed, it was photocopied from a handwritten submission and sent to all centres," said Prof Saumajit, who teaches Economic at Ramjas college.
By the time the correct papers reached, it was already past 11am at many centres where the paper was to end at 11am, said another teacher.
This was the first day of semester exams and students hope the rest of the semester exam will be smoother.
"We have been saying time and again that the examination office is incapable of conducting such a scale of semesters. The episode attests our concerns," said Saumajit.