CBSE English exam 2018: Class 10 students left confused over an error, check analysis

CBSE English exams 2018: The paper was not very challenging but since it covered the entire syllabus, it catered well to different levels of students in the class.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2018 12:03 pm
CBSE class 10 english paper analysis, cbse 10th english paper analysis,, cbse class 10 exams CBSE Board exams 2018: Exams for both class 10 and 12 started from March 5 and over 28 lakh students are appearing for the same.

CBSE Board exams 2018: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted class 10 English examination today, on Monday, March 12. Exams for both class 10 and 12 started from March 5 and over 28 lakh students are appearing for the same. The first paper for class 12 students was that of English and almost all the students were happy with this year’s paper.The exams for class 10 will conclude on April 12. A total number of 16,38,428 students have registered for class 10 exams and for class 12, total 11,86,306 students will be appearing. Students can find the entire datesheet of the exams at the official website –

ReadError in CBSE class 10 English paper leads to confusion, PSEB paper ‘tougher than class 12’

Read below the analysis for class 10 English paper.

Reading section

The paper was quite easy with respect to the passages provided.

Writing section

Questions were good and easy.

Grammar section

An easy cakewalk for students again with enormous choices given for every single question.

Literature section

Questions covered almost the entire syllabus. However, subjectivity was missing in a few questions. For example, ‘In the story, ‘Shady Plot’, why did Helen appear in bits and pieces?’ was a vague question in sense that there was much more (content) that must have become a part of the paper.

Similarly, ‘What will Shakespeare’s friend realize when he rises on the day of Judgement?’ sounded the same.

Overall analysis

The paper was not very challenging but since it covered the entire syllabus, it catered well to different levels of students in the class and students must have returned home with happy smiles.

Confusion prevails

As per reports, a lot of confusion was observed among the students due to an error in CBSE English question paper, that too in a question which was of ten marks. The students had choice between two novels according to their syllabus. Each school had to prescribe one novel from which one question was to be attempted. However, the word ‘OR’ was missing between two sets of questions from each novel which led to panic among students.

Also, in the CBSE sample paper, name of the novel is also clearly specified above the questions so that there is no confusion while attempting the explanatory question (200-250 words). However, in the paper that students got on Monday, name of the novels were also missing.

Inputs for analysis contributed by Swati Saxena, TGT English, VidyaGyan Bulandshahr



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  1. subiksha balamurugan
    Mar 17, 2018 at 8:48 am
    there were some errors in the question paper particularly section A 2.3 vocabulary part .the paragraph number was not mentioned..pls give Grace marks for that
    1. P
      Mar 14, 2018 at 8:02 am
      Dear School Prin l, I read your comments with regards to English paper of Class 10 CBSE in The Hindustan Times with deep anguish. Few questions which educationist like you never ponder and the reason for which the education system is going down: We will never accept an error and pass the buck to others. 1. What was the need for CBSE to mention the paragraphs when they cannot do it correctly? 2. Instead of accepting the mistake or error you are trying to justify the error and passing the buck to students. 3. Your comments are not only insensitive but also lacks the courage to accept the mistake. These small things will go on to make our citizens more upright and ethical. I appreciate that CBSE accepted the mistake and has agreed to look into the concerns. It is not about simple 2 marks but about accepting the wrong.
      1. P
        Mar 14, 2018 at 7:51 am
        I read in hindustan times the comments of Prin l of Springdales Pusa Road. I am surprised by her total insensitivity. If someone commits a mistake except it. Why is she passing the burden on students. What was the need for CBSE to earmark the paragraphs if they dont have the ability to do it correctly.
        1. Shivanshu Pratap Singh
          Mar 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm
          My paper set no was 3 it was having the same mistake i.e in ques no 2.3 the paragraph numbers were written wrong. Cbse should provide grace marks
          1. A
            Mar 13, 2018 at 11:20 am
            Question 1.3 had wrong paragraph numbers. CBSE should provide us with grace marks for the same. Guys, if you wish the same, kindly send mails to CBSE more the mails, the better.
            1. Ali Hesham Raza
              Mar 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm
              Yeah you are right. Mine was set 1 and it had the same error but I attempted the last two options without considering the paragraph no. given.
              1. subiksha balamurugan
                Mar 17, 2018 at 8:50 am
                kindly send me the mail id
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