Panjab University’s Psychology Paper 1 exam question paper for BA final year students held on Wednesday had questions worth at least 21 marks that were not from the syllabus, students have claimed. Angry students also claimed that in addition to the two students that were clearly not from the syllabus, another question was incomplete, thus 28 marks of a maximum of 70 were wrongly allocated and could have a huge bearing on the result.
Some of the teachers also called the question paper as being ‘horribly framed’.
‘The troublesome questions’
Final year students claimed that in Unit 1 of the paper, the question on the existential perspective of abnormality carrying 7 marks was not from the syllabus. Another question on the behavioral causes of abnormal behavior carried 14 marks and was again not from the syllabus.
Students claimed that a question on statistics that asked the students to find out the mean and standard deviation was incomplete.
A student Alisha Ghai said, “It is strange that none of our psychology teachers came inside the exam hall to enquire if the question was correct. A teacher from another department came to us and said the paper was not perfect.” Another student Nikhat Khalid said final-year results could be hit if the varsity did not allot grace marks.
Sana Singh said, “Psychology is considered to be a scoring subject and now in this exam, I have almost lost 28 marks.”
MCM DAV College, Sector 36, psychology department head Dr Akanksha Tripathi said, “The question paper on Thursday was horribly framed and inappropriately placed. The paper setter was reckless and careless. University authorities should have made sure that the paper setter knows everything about the subject. Students who are pursuing Honours in Psychology are more worried and furious. A lot of grace marks would be given during the checking of the answer sheets.”
She added, “I, on behalf of the teachers, students and the college will be submitting a representation to the controller of examination, Panjab University. Varsity has allocated 14 marks to a question for which the syllabus only mentions a single line.”