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CBSE will review ‘tough’ math paper, rework marking scheme

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has constituted a committee of experts to review the class 12 board mathematics question paper as students and parents protested over it being “unusually tough and lengthy”.

education Updated: Mar 18, 2016 07:55 IST
Students taking their CBSE board examinations, wrote their mathematics paper on Monday. By Tuesday, many of them claimed the paper was tough and lengthy. Over 25 lakh students registered for the exams this year.
Students taking their CBSE board examinations, wrote their mathematics paper on Monday. By Tuesday, many of them claimed the paper was tough and lengthy. Over 25 lakh students registered for the exams this year. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday constituted a committee to review the Class 12 mathematics question paper that students and parents said was “unusually tough and lengthy”.

Students across India went into a panic mode after Monday’s exam, asking the board to address their concerns. By Tuesday, over 200 petitions were filed on change.org, with some asking for a retest.

The panel, which includes a subject expert, curriculum expert and board representatives, will take corrective measures and prepare a marking scheme before evaluation begins, said a CBSE official.

A copy will be sent to all checking centres and students will be marked according to the set formula, he said.

Usually, the board first sends feedback from teachers, principals and students about the question paper to the committee, said LV Sehgal, principal, Bal Bharti School.

“The committee then reviews, sets and finalises the marking scheme for that particular paper, taking the feedback into account,” he said.

Moderation of marks is generally reserved for rare occasions when it is clear the paper was difficult, a CBSE source said.

Moderation, by large, is a process of academic leveling through a slight “upscaling or downscaling” of marks. It is followed by most school boards and universities and usually benefits low scorers.

“A similar situation arose last year for the same subject. The board took a similar measure,” an official said.

The board set up an experts’ panel last year too to rework the marking scheme.

For particularly vague or tricky questions, marks for every answer step are also mentioned in the scheme.

“In case there are out-of-syllabus questions in the paper and students attempt them, the evaluators generally award marks for the attempt alone,” said Sehgal.

Students may also get marks for correct application of mathematical concepts and formulae, even if the final answer is incorrect.