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Typo in geometry question leaves students guessing

The CBSE has admitted there was a printing mistake in the Class X mathematics question paper on Saturday and announced that students who had attempted the question would not be penalised.

CBSE says students who attempted the question will not lose marks

The CBSE has admitted there was a printing mistake in the Class X mathematics question paper on Saturday and announced that students who had attempted the question would not be penalised. They will get the full marks set for the question.

Vineet Joshi,acting chairman of the CBSE,said there was a typological error in the paper and instead of “ABC”,the question had “ACB” which confused examinees.

The CBSE’s announcement,however,has a catch. Only students who attempted the question no. 19 in Set III of the question paper that required students to construct a triangle will be compensated. Those who did not will lose out on the marks,according to officials.

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“We will give full marks to those who attempted it. If a student did not attempt the question,we can’t give marks,” he said.

Garima Khanna,a Class X student,had thought she would lose out on her distinction after she struggled with the wrong question for more than five minutes. But after the CBSE announcement,Khanna,who attends Keshavnagar SKV No. 2,said she was relieved. She is among a few lakh students who got Set III of the question paper to solve.

“I kept coming back to that question. It was completely baffling,” she said. “Then I gave up. Now that they have said they will look into it,I am feeling better. I want more than 90 marks,” she said.

Salwan Public School principal Vandana Puri said some of her students spent a lot of time pondering over the question. “It’s great to hear that the CBSE is looking into it,so students needn’t worry,” she said.

She was quick to add that for those who could not attempt the question,the news was not too heartening.

Puri said she would find out the number of students who had failed to attempt the question on Monday and then write to the CBSE to consider their case too.

Several students said they spent a lot of time on the question which they could have used to revise the paper.

Kshitij Bharadwaj,a student who did not get Set III,said his friends were still poring over the question after the exam got over. Some of them had wasted a lot of time on the particular question,he said.

“The paper was long,” he said. “I am glad I didn’t get that set. Otherwise,the paper was easy.”

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The CBSE has announced that consideration will be given to students in the marking scheme. “A panel that has been constituted to look into the marking scheme will give its decision on Monday,” said an official.