Nearly 3.5 lakh students appearing for Secondary School Certificate Exams (SSC) on Tuesday had an easy run in their science and technology paper.
Students, who were expecting challenging questions, especially the High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions that are usually not from textbooks, found the paper easy.
After HSC students complained about a tough physics paper, there were fears that the SSC science and technology paper would be difficult too. But Tuesday’s paper was a pleasant surprise for many students.
Ronak Makani, a student said, “It was very simple and I was able to finish the paper on time.”
Makani and other students like her were anxious about the science paper especially because of the HOTS questions. “The Science and Technology syllabus had changed last year and new sections such as HOTS, which are application-based questions, were a cause for worry. But this year, even these questions were relatively easy to answer,’’ she said.
With the science and technology paper out of the way, students are now anxious about their upcoming mathematics paper on March 15. “I am worried about the algebra paper. So far, all the papers have been easy, but my overall percentage could be pulled down if algebra does not turn out to be easy,” said another SSC student, Huzefa Shakil. For the first time this year, the SSC students with learning disabilities and autism, will be allowed to use calculators in the maths paper. This year, students can get their papers re-evaluated as well.