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HSC exams: Board flooded with calls after tough Physics paper

The HSC exam on Tuesday put students in a panic mode; the board helpline has been pounded with endless calls from concerned students

The Physics paper of Higher School Certificate (HSC) exam on Tuesday gave an unexpected shock to many students, who have been bombarding the board office’s helpline for the last two days.

The Mumbai helpline board (left) at Vashi has received a barrage of calls in the past two days from worried students saying that the Physics paper was quite tough
The Mumbai helpline board (left) at Vashi has received a barrage of calls in the past two days from worried students saying that the Physics paper was quite tough

Counsellors were overwhelmed by the number of calls they have received of worried students and parents complaining that the paper was extremely tough.

The paper was on February 25, and from 2 pm the helpline received more than 100 calls. On Wednesday, the number was uncountable. Most of the callers enquired whether there would be a combined marking system for theory and practical, or whether the board will grant them grace marks.

Studentspeak
Some students, however, felt that the paper was only slightly challenging. Kunal Jadega, a student from Mulund’s Friends Co-Operative Education Society School said, “The Multiple Choice Questions were, partly, not from the textbook, theory otherwise was fine. Overall the paper was tough but I was able to manage things.”

>> Helpline got over 100 calls on Feb 25
>> Students explore option of grace marks
>> Similar incident happened last year

Counsellors Speak
The calls from students over the Physics paper refuse to abate. While we usually note the name, number, seat number and college of students, the continuous calls have made the process quite difficult. Not only from the city, we are even getting calls from Akola, Pune, Mahad and Raigad. - Anil Gadhe, counsellor, Mumbai board helpline

Yesterday we got to know that there has been a fake message circulating that if an exam was difficult they should call and inform the board office. A similar message was spread last year. Many students called to ask if there would be a re-exam. We told them there is not going to be another test. - Chandrakant Munde, counsellor, Mumbai board helpline

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