Class 12 maths pa­per stuns stu­dents, say tough­est in 10 years

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NEW DELHI: The Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ex­am­i­na­tion’s (CSBE) class 12 math­e­mat­ics pa­per left stu­dents in tears on Wed­nes­day. Teach­ers too de­scribed the pa­per as the tough­est in the last 10 years.

Stu­dents and teach­ers said that the ques­tions were very con­fus­ing. Since most of the ques­tions were tough, a num­ber of stu­dents could not com­plete the pa­per. “The ques­tions were very tricky. Solv­ing one ques­tion took a lot of time. The ques­tions were con­cept­based but the way it was pre­sented was very dif­fer­ent,” said Van­shika Pahwa, a stu­dent of Pre­sid­ium school, Ashok Vi­har.

This year the ques­tions were re­duced from 29 to 26. Di­vided into three dif­fer­ent sec­tions, A was of 6 marks, B of 48 marks and C of 42 marks.

“The sec­tion A was com­par­a­tively easy but the other two sec­tions had weird ques­tions. I am very up­set and don’t know how it is go­ing to af­fect my marks,” said a stu­dent of St.Columba’s School.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, ques­tions on max­ima and min­ima were also miss­ing. The trigonom­e­try ques­tions were very dif­fi­cult. Some stu­dents said that the pa­per was of the level of IIT joint en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion (JEE). A few teach­ers agreed the pa­per was en­tirely dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous years.

“Ear­lier, 80 per­cent of the ques­tions used to be set from the Na­tional Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Train­ing (NCERT) books. But this time, very few ques­tions were taken from there. I have been teach­ing Maths for the past 35 years but this year’s pa­per was very un­usual,” said Shashi Hans, a teacher at Ram­jas School, RK Pu­ram.

Some teach­ers pointed out that the CBSE had moved from a knowl­edge-based to ap­pli­ca­tion­based for­mat.

“Stu­dents needed greater men­tal prepa­ra­tion to be able to solve such ques­tions and such a ques­tion pa­per was not ex­pected. This time ques­tions were asked from top­ics which in the ear­lier pa­pers had never made an ap­pear­ance,” said Ak­shay Garg, a teacher at Pre­sid­ium.

Sim­i­lar con­cerns have been raised about the class 12 physics pa­per that was held on March 9 and also the class 10 math­e­mat­ics pa­per.

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