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CBSE stays on HOT Questions in 12th Physics and Chemistry

After a tricky and disappointing Physics paper, CBSE Class 12th Chemistry paper have left many students further upset. As per the initial reactions and teacher analysis, the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE's Class 12th Chemistry paper today was tough and tricky. Teachers who have gone through the paper note that many questions in the examination require High Order Thinking Skills. Also, numerical questions require a combination of formula, making it a time-consuming exercise. Initial reactions of the students were not satisfactory either as many refused to comment, visibly upset with the question paper. Read complete analysis and student reactions here. As per the teachers, the CBSE board's Chemistry paper is definitely not for an average student. Not only do the questions require high order thinking skills but also require a student to apply the concepts in a thorough manner. While a teacher noted that the paper was good, another countered that considering the overall strength of students, the paper was unlikely to be a scoring paper. Even the numerical questions were further broken down. A senior Chemistry teacher with a leading school noted, "The paper was good but needs a thorough revision of intext HOTS level questions." Another teacher noted that the numerical question required two formulae, which would be confusing for most. More importantly, the teacher commented that students would have to first apply one formula, use the answer and then apply another formula. For a 1 mark question of coordinate chemistry, the teacher commented, the question was too time-consuming.

Overall analysis of the paper was balanced. Teachers affirm that barring 4 or 5 questions, the entire question paper is from NCERT textbook. However, the paper setter has carefully balanced the paper out, giving one tough question for every two simple questions asked. Another teacher explained - "Looking at the word problems from Organic Chemistry – while the questions from Amines chapter is relatively simple and easy, the question from Aldehyde and Ketones would require a better conceptual understanding of the student."

As for the student reactions, the reports are far less than satisfactory. Complaining of the Chemistry paper, a child broke down outside the examination hall, worried that after Physics paper Chemistry was much tougher. Another child mused, "Science students have to worry about the PCM score. With Physics and Chemistry went bad, our chances of a good PCM score are almost gone!" There were those few students who were visibly too upset to even comment. Another student simply noted that the paper took too much time. "It was not difficult per se," noted the child, "but I had to spend so much time in solving that question. In the end, I could not attempt 4 mark paper."

Across the centers the view was similar. Students were either too busy trying to discuss the papers with their subject teachers or amongst their friends. Many were too disturbed to discuss the paper. A few students did not hide their reactions and let tears fall as they tried to assess how the examination went. Teachers tried to console such students.

The next examination for Class 12 science stream is Mathematics on March 21, 2018. Concerned teachers have asked students not to worry about the marking, assuring them that the papers would be according assessed by CBSE. Worrying about the overall average of the students in science, the teacher noted - "From a teacher's perspective, this is a well-made question paper. Yes it would be tough for an average student but then there would be students who would be able to excel at it. Especially for students who aspire to go for tougher engineering and medical entrance examination, the Chemistry paper is a level well suited and apt." Asking for a message for students the Teacher noted, "Students ought not to think anymore about Chemistry examination. Next is a scoring examination. With a week left, they should focus only on mathematics now. Chemistry and Physics were not too great but these are just examinations. And there are many many more. Stay focused and concentrate on the next one."

We agrees with the teachers and urge all the students to be patient with the examination. Yes, the paper was tough, yes it might spoil your chances of a very high average. But that is just a number. There are many combinations and opportunities available. Stay focused on the goal and all would turn out to be just fine.

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