After the maths exam, it is the II Pre-University (PU) accountancy paper that has come for criticism for having ambiguous questions. Even as the evaluation is in progress, questions are being raised over the validity of 11 questions in the March 19 accountancy paper.
The Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) had recently announced up to seven grace marks for students who had attempted certain confusing questions in the maths paper.
According to K. Ramaraya Nayak, retired accountancy professor, Vijaya College, 11 questions were vague. “In the applications section, 87 of the total 149 marks (including optional questions) have misleading information or contain wrong or ambiguous data,” he told The Hindu Friday. The framing of the questions were “not technically correct”, leading students to interpret them in different ways. Prof. Nayak dubbed it as negligence in the setting of the paper.
Gaurav N., who answered the paper, said that it was only the 14-mark single entry question that did not tally. Ranjini Ayyar, accountancy teacher, National Public School, said while the question paper did have technical errors, it was not impossible to solve. “Students overlook such technical mistakes and go ahead with solving the question.” Mattur, Joint Director (Exams), DPUE, said the board has not received any complaints. About the 14-mark question, he said: “The marking scheme of the paper has considered the question and taken a decision in favour of the students.”