Students of Class XII began with their Board exams on Tuesday with physics as their first paper. Though the questions didn’t really bother the students, the length of the question paper gave them the jitters. Many students complained that they couldn’t finish writing answers to all the questions as most of them were concept based and consumed a lot of time.
Mudit Aggarwal, who appeared in the exam on Tuesday, said, “This time, the two mark questions seemed lengthier than the three-mark ones. Moreover, there were less of numericals and more derivations which took a lot of time. I had to really speed up to complete my paper but many of my friends couldn’t. In fact, some of them missed out on five to 10 marks straight as they couldn’t finish in time.”
Another Class XII student Bharat Sobti added that he was nervous before the paper as the marks in these exams will be crucial for deciding the course and college. He said though it was tough to complete the paper, he made it in the end. “The paper was neither too difficult, nor was it easy. But some of my friends couldn’t complete it,” he said.
Teachers said that CBSE focused more on questions that required clarity of concepts and thinking skills. Pummy Kulshrestha, PGT Physics, Bloom Public School, said, “The questions were quite descriptive in nature and required extra thinking. Two or three questions were tricky. Many students felt the time was short. But CBSE had already informed on its website that the number of numericals will be less with a greater stress on questions that required understanding of concepts and analysis.”
Next paper of Class XII – Business Studies – is on Thursday, while Class X has mathematics on March 5.