Here are the ‘tricky’ maths questions that made Class 12 students panic

  • Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 12:24 IST
Class 12 students across India went into a panic mode after Monday’s mathematics exam, asking the CBSE to address their concerns over the question paper. (Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)

Class 12 students across India panicked after Monday’s mathematics exam, asking the Central Board of Secondary Education to address their concerns over the “unusually tough and lengthy” question paper.

The CBSE constituted a committee on Thursday to review the maths question paper after more than 200 petitions were filed on with many students asking for a retest.

The CBSE panel is expected to take corrective measures and prepare a marking scheme before evaluation begins, said an official.

No question was set from outside the syllabus but the allegedly elaborate calculations required to solve even the one-mark problems in the Class 12 mathematics exam left students racing against time.

“Due to nervousness, I could not even solve the questions I knew,” said Dhruv Bhatia, a Class-12 student.

Sticky points

Here are the five questions in the paper that students found too lengthy or difficult. They explain why they took time in answering those questions while teachers rate the legitimacy of their claims.

The question paper constitutes of three sections of 1 mark-, 4 marks- and 6 marks-questions.

Section A

It had six questions of one mark each. Students are expected to spend not more than 10 minutes on the section.

Student’s view: Amogh Mukhi, Sanskriti School: I am a science student and we have such questions in physics too. Though not difficult, I spent 5-6 minutes on it. It was certainly difficult for commerce and humanities students.

Teacher’s view: Akshay Garg, Presidium School, Ashok Vihar: Students would have taken 8-10 minutes. Generally, a one-mark question just has one or two steps. For this question, there are a minimum six steps.

Student’s view: Samarth Jain: I decided to skip this question because attempting it would mean wasting time. I couldn’t afford to leave out the 4 and 6-mark questions.

Teacher’s view: Akshay Garg: This question also requires 4 steps to come to an answer. Here too, students would have spent some time as CBSE is also particular about steps.

Section B

It had 13 questions of 4 marks each, requiring 50 minutes.

Student’s view: Shakshi: I managed to prove the equation but I spent almost 25 minutes on it.

Teacher’s view: Neenu Gupta, Ahlcon International School: It was very difficult to prove the equation and would have consumed a lot of time

Student’s view: S Gupta: I spent 10 minutes trying and then gave up. At the end I was left with no time to do two 6-mark questions

Teacher’s view: Neenu Gupta: It was a very tricky question. Students spent 15-20 minutes on it. For 4 marks, they needn’t spend more than 5 minutes.

Section C

It had 7 questions of 6 marks each.

Student’s view: Priyanka Bhattacharya: I left the question mid-way as it required a lot of calculation with many sub parts. The calculation ran into several pages.

Teacher’s view: Neenu Gupta: If the question was about two and not four balls, it would have been easier for students to solve in the given time. But with four balls, I would have taken 7-8 minutes to solve it.

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