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Class XII students find first board paper lengthy

Students complained that sets I and II were more lengthy than set III, which is why some students failed to complete their exam on time.

Chandigrah |
March 2, 2014 3:25:21 am
Students after writing the examination at Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Jasbir Malhi Students after writing the examination at Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Jasbir Malhi

Students of class XII who attempted the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) higher secondary examination on Saturday were in for a rude shock when their English paper turned out to be lengthy. Students complained that sets I and II were more lengthy than set III, which is why some students failed to complete their exam on time.

Ojaswi Alankar, a student of class XII said, “In set I, there were no choices available in the advanced writing skills section. However, in Set II, Section B had two sets of optional questions which had the same questions and students attempted it easily. The students who got Set I could not complete their exam.”

Student Roubal Sharma said, “Section B of the question paper was supposed to have five types of letters. But the optional questions had the same questions asking to write a job application. In Set III, there were options between an invitation letter and poster-making but it was not mentioned whether the invitation letter was formal or informal. Due to this, almost all students preferred to do poster-making that took time.”

An English teacher said on condition of anonymity, “It was surprising to see a board paper that was unbalanced in such a way that the students who got Set I had an advantage over the students who got Set II. The paper was not standardised.”

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However, CBSE regional officer, R J Khnaderao said, “I got reports from the subject expert that the paper was easy for all students. I never got any such complaints.”

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