The Business Studies paper in the Class 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam on Thursday gave students a tough time. The paper had a numerical question that students described as tricky. Some even called it difficult. It was a question on capital structure that tested the numerical ability of students that became the point of confusion for most. It contained six marks. A number of students also found the paper lengthy.
“The paper was not lengthy but it was tricky. It was especially the numerical question which put me in confusion,” said Gaurisha Garg, student of Presidium School, Ashok Vihar, New Delhi.
Apart from the numerical question, there were three questions that could have two answers which put students in a fix. Not only students, even teachers had varying answers to the questions.
“There were questions that had two answers, so CBSE should consider and mark both the answers. Though it was a one-mark question but due to lack of clarity, the board should consider relaxation. It was a tough paper,” said Nidhi Madan, PGT Commerce also at Presidium School.
The teachers said that in order to solve the question it was important to have a conceptual understanding of the subject and the students should have practised a lot of case studies.
“The focus of the paper was clearly to differentiate between good and poor students. The questions were such that even after reading it properly it would take time for the students to answer,” said Ekta Kandhari, business studies teacher at Ahlcon International School.
The pattern of the CBSE Business Studies paper was changed in 2015 only and last year too students had faces problems. Some teachers even say this year’s paper was more difficult compared to the previous year.
There were mixed reactions to the business studies paper in Lucknow. Some said the paper was easy while others found it lengthy and puzzling.
Mansi a student of SKD Academy says ‘the paper was easy’. “The questions were value based and application based.” But numerical based questions were slightly tough, said another student.
Most of the students of The Millennium School (TMS) too felt that the paper was easy. “But those who could not do time management struggled a bit,” said one of the teachers at TMS.
CBSE Class 12 students in Patna, found the business studies paper lengthy. They said some questions carrying one mark were long and ended up taking precious time.
St Michael’s High School students Shubhangi Agarwal and Sanskar, who had secured top marks in their pre-boards examinations, said they found some questions confusing too.
The question paper was almost similar to that of last year, as more questions were based on case studies and were a little too conceptual for comfort, said some students.
According to BP Roy, a senior commerce teacher of St Michael’s High School , the paper was slightly tougher than last year, besides being lengthy.
“I feel only those students who studied their NCERT textbooks in detail would have been able to attempt all the questions. A one mark question took up quarter of a page and was also tricky, which means students had to use up their writing time to read the entire question,” he said.
Students who came out of other examination halls in Patna also echoed similar sentiments.