Going by the mood of relief at many examination centres post-papers on Monday afternoon,the first day first show of the CBSE Board examinations was a hit.
The paper was simple and anybody who has studied can score easily. I am really relieved to be over with the first paper, Amanjot Singh,a Class XII student of Guru Harkishan Public School,said after the Chemistry papers. Singhs classmate Akriti Jakhmola,however,wished she had more time. It could have been better if I got a little more time to complete my paper, she said. But it was simple and I am satisfied with whatever I have written.
On Day One,Class XII students wrote exams for Chemistry,while their Class X counterparts took Introduction to IT and Elements of Business,among other papers. The papers for Commerce and Arts streams start on Tuesday and Wednesday,respectively.
Asked how they expected to score,several GHPS students said they were being realistic and expected somewhere in the range of 75-80 per cent.
Several students said Chemistry is the most dreaded of papers for those who opt for the Science stream,and one parent said the fact that it was on the first day was a relief. Her son,she said,had been fretting over the paper for long now he can tackle the rest of the papers without so much stress; its always better to get the tough ones out of the way first.
Diya Talwar,who claimed to have spent 10 hours every day preparing for the exams,said,It was quite easy for me but some of my classmates found it tough. I was able to complete the paper in time; all the questions were from the syllabus.
For Pushpender Sharma,however,the paper proved to be a surprise,as he found that the questions didnt correspond to what he had read. I didnt know a thing, he said,I dont know where they got the questions from.
Amita Wattal,principal of Springdales School,Pusa Road,said the paper was easy compared to other years and even though it was lengthier,the students were able to complete it in time. The exam went very well, she said. The Chemistry paper was directly from NCERT. I spoke with some students and everybody seemed to have finished it in time.
(With inputs from Kanika Arora and Yukti Talwar)