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Tough CET physics paper: Students

While students who appeared for Common Entrance Test on Tuesday complained that Physics paper was tough with lots of calculative questions...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 13, 2009 10:13:02 pm

While students who appeared for Common Entrance Test on Tuesday complained that Physics paper was tough with lots of calculative questions,a section of the experts urged students to develop a problem solving capacity and parents to change the approach towards CET. Experts say the paper was based more on calculations and was therefore lengthy. “It is necessary to understand that to excel in CET,you have to develop problem-solving capacity,” they said.

Raghu Damodaran,a candidate who had appeared for all three papers said,”Putting in so many calculative questions in Physics makes no sense as there is a separate mathematics paper that we have to appear.”

Vidhya P,another student,was upset about her Physics paper,”I could not solve at least 15 questions as most of my time was lost in the earlier calculations,” she said.

However,coaching class heads have different opinion. “I talked to many of the students and they said Physics paper was fine,” said Bindusar Khanade,director of Atharva Classes. “The questions were not out of syllabus and those who were well prepared could solve it comfortably,” he said.

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“Out of the 50 physics questions,at least 35 were based on calculations. This made the paper lengthy and many had to rush through the paper,” said Kedar Takalkar,director of Takalkar Classes.

Director of Brilliants Academy B G Kalbhor said,”The paper was as per every year’s pattern. The first 30 questions were simple. Questions 31 to 42 were medium level and the last eight questions were tough. This is the common pattern every year. In the tougher part of the question paper,some questions were really testing,as they required more calculations to be done. Students found it difficult. It is the duty of teachers to make students well prepared for such questions. But the present pattern of teaching focuses mainly on class 12 examination and students find CET difficult.”

Kalbhor also put forth an altogether different aspect. He urged to change the way CET course is taught. “Most of the coaching classes teach class 12 portion for the first ten months and then start giving tips about CET. CET requires more work,as one needs to have problem-solving capacity to solve the questions. The portion is taught in a way that students mug up the whole thing and don’t think independently,” he said.

Meanwhile,Takalkar also said that the examination conducted this year was much better as compared to that of last few years’. “Until last year,the examination was being held by employees of the collector office. This year,however,school teachers were roped in to conduct the examination,which was a positive change,” he said.

Students get wrong sets of question papers
Students appeared for CET at Anjuman Islam Peer Mohammad High School,Bund Garden Road complained that they got wrong set of question paper of Physics and Chemistry. Though the questions were same,different sets of question papers were given to the students in which order of the questions were different. The question papers have to match with the answer sheets too. According to Nikhil Sangde,a student,around 20 students in the bloc 5 got wrong sets of question papers. He said,”It was revealed only after 15 minutes when the central supervisor visited the classroom. Students didn’t know it,as it was the authorities,who know what set of question papers were to be allotted to whom. He took back the wrong sets and gave the correct one. But we had already started solving the paper. We had to rub the old answers and start again. The supervisor allotted us 15 minutes extra,but the real issue is will the computer system recognise the change?” The authorities at the school claimed they had informed about the incidence to the senior officials concerned.

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