Shikhar Tajane, a student in the HSC science stream, is feeling jittery as he waits for his upcoming Maths paper on March 4. His confidence has taken a beating after he found that Monday’s Physics Paper was too lengthy to finish.
“I could only attempt 25 to 30 marks out of the 70 marks paper. I am worried that I will fail in this subject. The combined paper was unexpectedly difficult and lengthy. We want the state board to conduct a retest," says Tajane who is from Ruia College, Matunga.
Like Tajane, other HSC students are also demanding a retest for the Physics paper. Students fear that the Maths paper scheduled on March 4, will also be lengthy.
The 80-marks paper will have to completed in three hours.
“Though we have one week for preparing for the Maths paper, I am feeling extremely nervous for the exam. Maths is going to be lengthier than Physics as it is a 80 marks paper while physics was only 70 marks," said Rishabh Lakhani, a student of TP Bhatia College, Kandivli.
Panicked students are calling student helplines.
Students feel that the board should consider the fact that this was the first batch to appear with the revised syllabus.
“In the college prelims and other tests, the paper did not appear to be so lengthy. We were not prepared for such a tough paper. I could not attempt the last five marks. I am hoping that the board will consider these points and keep the Maths paper short," said Luv Shinde, a student of DG Ruparel College, Matunga.
Tajane says that most of the students were unable to attempt close to 30 marks in the Physics paper.
“This is injustice. Four days of our preparations were wasted because of the strike of the non-teaching staff during the practical exams. The practical exams were postponed but the board should have foreseen this and we could have used those days for studying," he said.