Maths paper too long, rue students

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 20, 2013 23:33 IST

The CBSE class 12 mathematics paper on Wednesday flummoxed students as a six-mark question turned out to be incorrect. The paper was quite lengthy, with many students being unable to complete it.

Question 26 in set three based on differential equations was wrong and many students wasted precious time trying to solve it. “I was expecting to do very well in the paper and differential equations is an easy topic. But I spent 25 minutes on this question. Because of this, I couldn’t concentrate on the rest of the paper,” said Tanmay Garg, a student.

“At first glance, the question looked easy. But when I tried to solve it I realised that it was not integrable. Even as a teacher, it took me 10 minutes to figure it out,” said Dr Ehsan Ali, a teacher from Bloom Public School.

Apart from that question, most students reported that the paper was lengthy, especially the calculations. Even above average students barely finished the paper. “Many average students were not able to attempt between 10 and 15 marks,” said Rajiv Seth, teacher, Laxman Public School. “Many questions, which earlier used to appear as six-mark questions, came as four markers this time,” said Neenu Gupta, teacher, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar.

Student Woes

Class 12 students with Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, as their centre alleged on Wednesday that their mathematics paper was collected before time at their examination centre.

Students said the paper was given to them on time but the invigilators allegedly collected it 5 to 10 minutes before the 1.30 pm limit. “When there were about 15 minutes left, the invigilator started collecting the papers,” said a student, on condition of anonymity. Some students were unable to complete their paper due to this.

The school countered the allegations. “The teachers collect the paper according to the school bell, not an individual’s watch,” said Bindu Sehgal, the principal of the school.

However, students claimed that the school bell had not rung. at all.


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