Tejal Gadekar hopped out of the exam centre and hugged her father who had been waiting there for three hours.
“It was very simple. I was so nervous, but not a word was tough,” said the 15-year-old student of Balmohan Vidya Mandir in Dadar.
The SSC exams began on Thursday with optional first languages such as Marathi, Urdu and French. Over 16 lakh students in the state and 3.3 lakh students in the Mumbai division, including Thane and Raigad, are writing the exam this year.
It is the second year of the new exam pattern and papers are out of 80 marks. The rest 20 marks are based on internal assessment.
All students had an easy paper on Thursday and are hoping that this is a sign of the rest.
“It was really easy. A good first paper hopefully translates into all good papers,” said Yash Khatu, another student. His mother has taken the month off to be with her son.
“I generally like being at home when he is studying just in case he needs something. I accompanied him because it was his first paper,” said his mother, Kalyani, an employee with the railways.