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