Mumbai University’s trouble with exams continued as the third-year Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) question paper on Monday had two wrong questions worth 7.5 marks each. Nearly 8,000 students had appeared for the exam.
Students were attempting the sixth semester exam of the Operations Research paper from 11am to 2pm. Corrections for the first two questions were made 45 minutes after the exam started.
While question 1a of the paper had left out a crucial element required to solve the problem, question 2b had interchanged the words ‘supply’ and ‘demand’, turning the entire question around. The corrected questions had to be reattempted by the students as most had already attempted the wrong ones, costing them precious time.
Several students complained they could not complete their paper on time because of the wrong questions and none of the centers gave them extra time.
“I was done with both the questions when the corrections were announced. I spent another 30 minutes on them, which left me with no time to attempt the last few questions. We asked for extra time but invigilators said they did not receive any such instructions,“ said a BMS student from Ghanshamdas Saraf College, Malad.
Another student, who appeared for the exam at RA Podar College, Matunga, said, “As a result of these late corrections, most of us could not attempt the last question worth 15 marks. Also, no extra time was assigned to us.”
Students want MU to grant full marks to them for attempting the questions. However, controller of examinations, Dinesh Bhonde, said the errors were ‘minor’ and were corrected early. “These were only printing mistakes and the corrections were not very late. Only those who have correctly solved the questions will get marks.”