March 16, 2013, 12:00 am
The CBSE Class XII board accountancy paper on Friday proved challenging, particularly tricky was the HOTS (higher order thinking skills) section. Having sailed through relatively easy papers earlier, on Friday even above-average students emerged from the examination hall looking grim and worried.
Set three’s question number 22 was of BCom standard and way too stiff for Class XII students, some teachers said. Another major exam on Friday, Biology, was a cakewalk.
"Part A of the accountancy question paper was tricky. When we started writing the answers, it seemed we’d complete well on time. Finally, we just about scraped through. The difficulty level was certainly high," Ananya Bhakti of Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj, said.
Questions worth around 20 marks were tricky, indirect and testing. These made the going difficult, the teachers said. Examinees struggled with the section on fundamentals of partnership. "Even my best students were not very happy after the exams. Some changes were made in the syllabus mid-course and students were probably expecting a less difficult paper, like in business studies," accountancy teacher at Ahlcon International, Mayur Vihar, Neelam Gupta, said.
Many students complained they got no time for revision and were stretched to the limit completing the paper. "The calculations were very lengthy. Though questions were from the NCERT syllabus, the HOTS questions posed a challenge even for good students," a teacher said. But CBSE experts who analyse the papers on a day-to-day basis called the paper balanced.
Biology got a universal "easy" rating and students walked out of exam centres confident of good scores.