Many class XII CBSE students who took the Mathematics Board paper on Wednesday, emerged from the hall upset at the difficulty level of the examination.

A student said that when compared to the previous years’ Maths Board paper, Wednesday’s paper was especially tough, particularly some four-mark questions. “This is a subject where several aim to score a centum. But this paper changed that for many,” he said, adding that he found questions worth12-15 marks in the paper quite challenging. “Maths is a crucial paper at the time of cut-offs and college admissions; you need to get at least above 95 per cent to make the cut,” he said.

A principal of a CBSE school, who is also the Board-appointed subject expert on Maths, said that as is the practice after every Board paper, Maths teachers from several city CBSE schools will be meeting on Thursday to assess the paper. “CBSE has a policy to maintain a difficulty level between 12-14 per cent, but for the past three years, the paper has been relatively easy,” the principal said, adding that feedback collected on Thursday will be communicated to the Board.

A principal of a CBSE school, who also teaches mathematics, said that in Thursday’s meeting, all three sets of paper will be assessed. The CBSE gives three sets of question papers, with minor differences between each other, to students to avoid possibilities of copying.

“I would not say that the paper was difficult, but it was an unfamiliar experience for students as papers in the previous years were in a different tone and more aligned to the textbook,” the principal said. S. Sugandhi, a class XII math teacher, said in mathematics, the questions from the textbook are not the borderline. “The paper had several unexpected questions, and the class XII math exam is a career-defining paper in terms of admissions. Perhaps, the anxiety over writing a board exam contributed to the situation. Students might have been able to answer the paper better in class,” she said.

A. Aishwarya, who took the exam, said that most of those who took the paper along with her were extremely disappointed. “There was barely enough time. For instance, it took me such a long time to just arrive at the equation in a six-mark question,” she said adding, “The physics and chemistry papers went off really well. Many of us were taken by surprise when we saw the math paper.” Another student, Rithika, said that not being able to arrive at the answer for four sums was a major setback for her.

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