CBSE boards 2016: English paper was easy but lengthy, say students

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Jaipur/ Lucknow/ Kolkata/ Ranchi/ Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2016 22:06 IST
Class 12 students coming out from an examination centre after writing their CBSE English paper in Noida on Monday. (Burhaan Kinu / HT photo)

Our English question paper was easy but lengthy was the reaction of majority of Class 12 students who appeared for the first exam of CBSE boards 2016 on Tuesday. About 25 lakh students have registered for the Class 10 and Class 12 CBSE board exams this year. In Class 12 boards as many as 10,67,900 students have registered with 2,70,835 students from Delhi region alone.


The first day saw students appearing for the English core as well as elective paper. The exam began at 10.30 am and ended at 1.30 pm. There are 691 exam centres in Delhi region.

“It was a very balanced paper and wasn’t tough at all. Like all English papers it was lengthy, but who ever managed time well would have done well,” said Solani Sukul, a student of Bloom Public School.

“This year’s English paper was perhaps the easiest compared to the last five years as both language and literature portions were such that scoring above 80 is almost assured,” said Firoz Bakht Ahmed, who teaches English at Modern School Barakhamba.


There were mixed reactions from students who appeared in the English elective paper in Jaipur on Tuesday. “The paper was not at all tough as there were balanced set of questions from all the portions of the syllabus. Anyone who has prepared the syllabus thoroughly won’t find it difficult”, said Priya Mathur, a student of Maharani Gayatri Devi School.

Many students, however, found the paper to be lengthy and did not seem satisfied with the allotted time. “The question paper was extremely lengthy and I couldn’t get sufficient time to answer all the questions. I could only answer 80 marks question. I think the examiners should keep the allotted time in mind while framing the question”, said another student Vagyashree.

A total of 124,304 students appeared for the first paper of CBSE 12 boards in 476 examination centers across Rajasthan. In the morning, parents were seen accompanying their wards to the centers. The entry of students inside the center was closely monitored by CBSE officials. No examinee was allowed without his/her admit card and they were asked to only carry a pen.

A student walking to enter her board exam centre at Saint Soldier School in Jaipur. (Prabhakar Sharma/HT photo)


Ishita and Harshita both from Lucknow’s City International School said that the paper was awesome. “Since we did a lot writing practice we were able to finish the paper in the nick of time,” the duo said.

Children said the paper was awesome. They attempted all the questions. “Even if few found it a touch lengthy yet they were able to attempt all the questions, said Sunita Gandhi director of City International School.

Earlier before the start of the paper she had a quick word with examinees to make them feel relaxed. Teachers told students to read the question paper carefully. Many of the teachers were seen applying tilak and wished good luck to their students as they walked inside exam hall with confidence.

Rani Laxmibai Senior Secondary School was the biggest exam centre where students of many schools took exam. With prayers on their lips and kicking the last minute nervousness, more than 12,400 class 12 CBSE examinees took the exam in the Uttar Pradesh capital.

Class 12 English paper was lengthy but awesome: Lucknow students


In Kolkata, the first day of CBSE Class 12 and Class 10 board exams went without much problems. “I was nervous as I do not like English but after reading the question paper I was comfortable and the paper went on well,” said Sneha Chatterjee, a student of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy after taking her Class 12 English core exam.

For Rupam Banerjee, reaching the exam hall became a challenge. “We stay at Behala. Because of ongoing metro rail construction the area is prone to traffic snarls. But on Tuesday, I almost had a panic attack when the traffic refused to move for over 15 minutes. Luckily, we made it to the exam centre on time,” said Kalpana Banerjee, mother of Rupam, who is taking the Class 12 board exams from Birla High School for Boys.


Shruti Arya, a class 12 student of Arts discipline in Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Ranchi said, “The paper was easy and many of us are expecting a 90-above in the paper. It covered all portions of the syllabus…nothing was left out. Anybody who had thoroughly studied the entire syllabus can score a 90 plus.”

Rohit Verma, a class 12 student of DPS Ranchi said, “The paper was not difficult. The grammar and reading portions were relatively easier than the literature part.”

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Bhopal’s Class 12 student Sarvagya Pathak of St Joseph’s Co-ed School said, “The paper was a lengthy one but at the same time I found it easy. There was not a single question which I found complicated. I can hope for good marks in the exam.”

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