Out of the 3.1 lakh SSC students who appeared for the mathematics paper I - algebra exam, many found the final 20-mark section difficult and are worried about scoring less in the paper.
“I struggled to complete the paper. I don’t feel confident of my scores considering I found nearly 20 marks of the paper tough,” said Purvi Solanki, student of SIES High School, Matunga, who received the question paper from the C set.
Like Solanki, the state board helpline had received more than 60 calls from anxious students.
Chandrakant Munde, counsellor on duty said, “Students asked if they would be given grace marks. We advised students to focus on the next paper.” Most of the tough questions were those of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) that are application-oriented. Susan Babu, a teacher from Holy Family School, Andheri, said that the fifth question required a lot of thinking.
“The first part of the paper was good, but the last part was equally tough. This time, the HOTS questions were slightly more difficult than expected. But overall, it was a well-balanced paper,” she said.
Some students felt that the paper was easy. Rahil Dharod from SB School, Sion said, “Since I solved a lot of practice papers, I had a little trouble attempting the fifth question.’’
Along with the difficult questions, students appearing for the exam at Maharashtra High School, Dadar, had to contend with a delay in getting their supplements. Students complained that the exam supervisor, who was talking over the phone, did not provide the supplements on time and distributed the graph just 15 minutes before the exam. After parents complained, students were given an extra 20 minutes to finish paper.