Students emerged from their exam centres on Tuesday afternoon beaming after writing the English paper - their first HSC exam this year.
Across the city, 2.70 lakh students appeared for the English exam.
"It was pretty easy and straightforward," said Nikita Wanvari, 19, a second year science student at National College in Bandra.
"Everyone thought it was a good paper."
Wanvari will appear for the French paper on Wednesday. Several students were thrown out of gear on Monday evening, two days before the paper when they found an error in the exam schedule.
The timetable on the website showed the exam date for French, Pali and Urdu as February 24. But the new timetable available at exam centres showed the exam date as February 23.
"Because of the confusion, students will have one day less to prepare for the French exam," said Nitin Dalal, the parent of a Mithibai College student appearing for the exam.
A total of 6,254 students will appear for the French exam, 107 for Pali and 7,602 for the Urdu exam.
Board officials were pleased by the Tuesday's smooth start to the exams.
"We have got no complaints so far," said S Dhekane, the secretary of the board.
The board's helpline got 107 calls till 7pm on Tuesday.
"A few students were unable to get into the exam centre because they had misplaced their hall tickets, but we asked the centre in-charge to let them write the paper with the duplicate copy that they had," said Vijay Deshmukh, who was manning the helpline during the day.
Towards the evening, most of the calls that the helpline received were related to the exam timetable and seating arrangements at exam centres.