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Aiming high: Students doing last-minute revision before entering the examination hall, at a CBSE examination centre in Bangalore on Monday.
Aiming high: Students doing last-minute revision before entering the examination hall, at a CBSE examination centre in Bangalore on Monday.

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CBSE class X examination begins

Students worried over question

paper format

CBSE Chairman urged to announce results early

BANGALORE: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examination for Class X began on Monday with students appearing for Social Studies paper. Students, who entered the examination halls worried over the format of the question paper, were a relieved lot after they saw the question paper.

The emphasis on HOTS (high order thinking) skills from this year, which had them worried, proved not so tough after all. The students The Hindu spoke to expressed their happiness that the Board exams began with a subject that has vast portions with 29 lessons and five textbooks.

Mohammed Tausif, student of Army Public School, said he could not even fathom which questions were based on HOTS and which were “usual,” while his classmate, Teesha Taneja, found only some questions “tricky.” Both said they were confident of scoring above 90 in the subject.

Spoorthi, student of BVB’s Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan, found the questions on disaster management easy. “The 15-minute grace time really cooled my nerves. Our pre-Board exams were very tough and I was worried how the Board exam paper will be,” she said.

According to Karthiayani Bhat, vice-principal of Sri Vani Education Centre, the CBSE is very clear about their directives with regard to the Board examination. “Questions based on HOTS are already dealt with and students are very familiar with them. They study thoroughly and take the exams with confidence. Our students are well prepared for it through varieties of worksheets and practices,” Ms. Karthiayani said. Principal of BVB’s Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan Shobha H. Bhat said that they had invited experts from CBSE to train teachers as well as students on the new format.

Mariamma S. Mathew, principal of The Oxford Senior Secondary School, said that they had conducted many tests and pre-Board exams just to infuse confidence in children.

Principal of Army Public School said that the principals of CBSE schools had made an appeal to the Chairman of the Board to announce the results early as students studying in central syllabus find it difficult get admission in pre-university colleges. “I think this year too, the results will be announced in May as the Chairman indicated his inability to announce the results early,” Ms. Manjula said.

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