The CBSE class X and XII Board examinations began on Saturday with students, by and large, walking out content with their performance in the Tamil and English papers, respectively.

Raghav Kidambi, a class XII student who wrote ‘Functional English’, said “the paper was not stereotypical”. Like many other students, he said the paper was easy and the value-based question, which the Board introduced recently, was interesting. “It was a good start to the Board exams,” he said.

B. Madhubala, a class X student, said the Tamil paper, too, was easy, but she had just enough time to complete it. “The paper was easier than the Summative Assessment I paper that we wrote at school last term,” she said.

K. Mohana, principal, Modern Senior Secondary School, said both papers were standard. “It is a good idea to start the examination with the English paper because students were relatively relaxed,” she said.

According to the CBSE Regional office, 10,775 students in Tamil Nadu and 7,366 students in the city are appearing for the class XII examinations. The class X Board-based examinations will be taken up by 23,488 students in the State and 11,293 students in the city. A majority of students in the State and the city have chosen to take up the Board-based examination where the Board carries out the evaluation of the paper. In Chennai, the percentage is as high as 75.6 per cent.

D.T. Sudarshan Rao, regional officer, CBSE, Chennai region, said the examination went without any glitches in all the centres on Saturday.

After a breezy start, students said, they were now bracing for the mathematics paper which will be held on March 3 for class X and the physics papers scheduled to be held on March 5 for class XII. “As far Physics is concerned, the general trend is that it has been tough,” said Shravanthi Woodayagiri, a class XII student.