2 Mar : Anxious students who appeared for the first CBSE board exam on Monday came out of the examination centres relieved as the papers were on expected lines and evoked no complaints.Over 14.5 lakh students across the country appeared in the class 10th and 12th examinations that board authorities said were conducted "smoothly" and "without any complaint".
"I have checked up with schools and experts and received no complaints from any quarters. The exams were conducted smoothly and the papers were taken well by the students," CBSE Controller of Exam M C Sharma said.
The examinations for the two classes were conducted at over 2,700 centres across the country."My staff has told me that the paper was very easy and as per the design declared by the CBSE, same has been the reaction of students who came out very happy," said M I Hussain, Principal, DPS Mathura Road.
A total of 14,62,016 students appeared in the examinations. This was 1,46,985 more than the last year, Board authorities said.
"Exam was easy, not as difficult as I had feared. NCERT dominated the paper. Most of my friends performed well, though few also sounded disappointed," said Paridhi Negi, a student of Jindal Public School, Dwarka, who appeared for the class 12th Chemistry exam.
On the first day of the examinations, class 12th students wrote exams for Chemistry and other papers, while the class 10th students appeared for Introduction to IT and Elements of Business among other papers.
"It was a standard paper on expected lines, neither quite tough nor too easy. Most of the students performed well," said Ayanti, another student.
The exams will continue throughout the month with Class 10th boards ending on March 30 and that of class 12th on April 2.The class 10th students will write their Social Science exam on March 4 and that of Mathematics on March 14.
Students of Class 12th will appear for their Physics exam on March 6 and Mathematics on March 21.While about 8,24,438 students — 4,87,475 boys and 3,36,963 girls — took the class 10th examinations. 6,37,578 appeared for class 12th, among them 3,73,330 are boys and 2,64,248 girls.
In Delhi, a total of 2,31,651 students appeared for class 10th examination at 568 centres, while 1,81,393 appeared for class 12th at 555 centres.
This year, 3,935 students with special abilities — 2,228 for class 10th and 1,707 for class 12th — also took the board exams with CBSE making special provisions, allowing them to use an amanuensis (one who could write for them).
CBSE had made a three-tier system, including ‘flying squads’ and special observers from outside for surprise checks to ensure smooth conduct of examinations.