Times of India Report
CBSE's Class XII mathematics paper on Wednesday was a heartbreaker. Those who didn't do quite well in other papers, were counting on this otherwise scoring paper to make up for the losses. But alas, it was not to be.
"Business studies went a bit badly; Section A in the English paper was tough. We were counting on mathematics to increase our best-of-four aggregates. Now we can't. And I've prepared myself; I know economics will be tough as well," said a Delhi Public School, Dwarka, student, echoing the general sentiment across schools. He couldn't attempt two questions totalling 10 points.
But a few others felt much worse. "I have lost all hope now," said Tushar Vij. He, too, talked about the English paper and the unexpectedly high emphasis on application-based questions in business studies. "But maths has been the worst. My friends were crying and are now nervous about economics. Even our teacher is worried," he said.
The exam schedule isn't giving kids time to recover from this blow - the economics paper is on March 20. "If the same thing happens with economics, where will they take admission? Their averages will suffer," said Naviin Goel, whose son studies commerce at a Rohini school.
Science students launched a petition on social networking sites after the physics paper, urging CBSE to be lenient in marking.
Schools have been foxed by pattern changes and level of difficulty. Minakshi Kushwaha, principal, Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar, said students losing confidence won't just affect their performance in subsequent papers but also entrance tests they may take for college admissions. "They think they don't know anything. Physics and business studies both had unexpected questions and about 20-25 marks worth of questions in maths were very difficult."
Indian School principal Tania Joshi is also a CBSE counsellor. "Kids are scared and have been calling up on the helpline, asking me how to study. This sort of exam is very demoralizing for the child. There's a strong rumour that this is meant to get the aggregate percentages down but that doesn't help the morale of the child," she said.
Many schools learnt of pattern and marking changes from CBSE sample papers issued in November when most of the teaching is already over.
"It's been a very recent trend in CBSE to have application-based questions. I am not against such questions, but doing it in such a short notice is very disorienting. It's unnerving for even the high-achievers and is greatly disturbing for those who are average students," said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.
"Everything now comes with a twist. Even English wasn't straightforward," Bose said, adding that crucial CBSE circulars signalling change don't reach but every other circular comes.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS REPORT
The CBSE Class XII mathematics paper on Wednesday was extremely difficult and “a torture for students”, leaving many in tears and parents fuming.
This comes days after a really tough physics paper that had left parents anxious about the effect it would have on their wards’ admissions to professional courses.
“Some students began crying halfway through the paper. Many were frustrated and came out of the exam centre in tears,” recalled a furious V Anand, whose ward also gave the exam.
S Srinivasan, another anxious parent, said the maths paper, of “IIT level difficulty”, would affect the prospects of CBSE students during admissions to professional courses.
“We couldn’t comprehend the concept of two six-mark questions asked from application of derivatives and integrals. Those two sums took a lot of time as the steps involved were very lengthy,” said G Vignesh, a student of Bala Vidya Mandir.
Another student, S Latha, said questions for 20-25 marks were extremely tough and incomprehensible, while the remaining questions were also tricky. “Throughout the exam, we didn’t know if what we were writing was right or wrong. Even those students who are thorough with the textbooks will find it difficult to score more than 85,” she said.
A principal of a school in Chennai told Express that there was overwhelming feedback regarding the difficulty level of the exam.
G Balasubramaniam, whose daughter wrote the exam, said that it has left students “completely demoralised”.
Easy State Board Exam
Even as the maths paper made a large section of CBSE Class XII students stumble, their counterparts from the State board had a rather easy day, with many confident of scoring centums. Only one question was a modified version of the problem given in the textbook, which stumped a few.