Class-12 exams for both Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) began with English here on Saturday.
There was excitement in the air as students came out of the examination halls, as both students of both boards found the exams easy.
While there were 392 PSEB examination centres, multiple centres were set up by the CBSE at its 60 affiliated schools in the district.
A total of 36 flying squad teams visited the PSEB examination centres.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Madhu Pareek, English teacher of Shamrock Christian Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, said, "The paper was easy, and students were able to complete it within three hours. It was not expected that such simple questions would be asked."
Ankita Mehra, a student of Class-12 of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, said, "The question paper was easy and many questions were similar to the sample papers from which I prepared. So I expect to score well in this subject."
Expressing similar sentiments, Nakul Sharma, student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, said, "The question paper had straight-forward questions due to which I was able to complete the paper within three hours."
Ankita Rani, a student of Government School, (girls) Jawahar Nagar, that is affiliated to PSEB, said, "The question paper was easy and I managed to complete the paper in the given time."
Supervisors fail to reach PSEB exam centres
At two examination centres of the PSEB, assigned supervisors failed to appear to conduct the Class-12 English exam on Saturday.
The two private schools were Indian Public Senior Secondary School and Ramgarhia School (Block 2).
At Indian Public Senior Secondary School, eight supervisors were assigned duty but only six reached the centre.
The situation was no different at Ramgarhia School (Block 2), where, too, six supervisors reached, instead of eight. Consequently, school heads called in supervisors from other schools.
Meanwhile, though as per the PSEB directions, schools had to collect question papers from three banks - Punjab National Bank (PNB), HDFC Bank and State Bank of Patiala - between 8.30am and 9am, when schools representatives reached the banks, they were told to collect the question papers at 1pm, one hour before commencement of the exam, which concludes at 5.15pm.
A school principal, at condition of anonymity, said, "We first visited the bank at 8.30am to collect question papers, but were told to come back at 1pm. This is sheer harassment to make school heads visit banks repeatedly for question papers. For the next exam, the bank manager has told us to collect the question papers at 10 am."
When contacted, Paramjit Kaur Chahal, district education officer, secondary, said, "I received no complaint from any school; the exam was conducted smoothly."
Student caught using Bluetooth device during exam
Deputy district education officer (secondary), Gurjot Singh said a Class-12 student was caught cheating using a mobile phone and a Bluetooth device during the English examination at Government Senior Secondary School, Kubba on Saturday.
Singh said the student was wearing the Bluetooth device under his turban, adding that his answersheet has been sent to the PSEB for further action. The student was booked for using unfair means and provided a fresh sheet after being warned.
Three more cheating cases were reported from Government High School, Sarabha Nagar; Government Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Alamgir; and GMSSS, Jharkar. A report was sent to the DGSE office.