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Thursday, Mar 15, 2012
Physics paper stuns Inter students

This is the toughest in the last 10 years, says teacher

Hyderabad: Stunned by the tough second year Physics question paper of the ongoing Intermediate examinations, scores of students walked out of the examination hall with gloomy faces and tears in their eyes on Wednesday.

Waiting parents were unable to control the weeping students who tried hard to explain how ‘hard' the paper was. The feeling was same among students across the State, whether they were from the corporate colleges or Government colleges.
“This is the toughest paper in the last 10 years. Even the brilliant students cannot score more than 45 marks and one can imagine the plight of the average students,” said a senior Physics teacher, Lakshmaiah of Narayana group of institutions. Analysing the paper, Mr. Lakshmaiah said the examiners deviated from the Blue Print adopted by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE). As per the blue print, two-marks questions come from certain topics, four-marks questions are given from some other topics and same is with the eight-marks questions. But this time, it was different. For example, only six marks were given to Electro Magnetism topic while generally 12 marks are allocated for it. In Ray Optics topic, 8-marks question was given as against four-marks question. And in Atomics Physics topic, 10 marks were given as against six marks, Mr. Lakshmaiah said.

Another deviation that affected students was the twisted questions. Generally, paper setters follow the questions after every chapter in the books, but this time new questions were framed. Four questions carrying two marks each and two questions carrying four marks each were given outside the pattern normally followed by students. The biggest loss will be to the Government college students who generally follow that pattern. “Questions were within the syllabus but not from the books,” a teacher said.

“Most of us were shocked the moment we saw the paper. We were demoralised after going through it. It was very tough,” said Ravi Teja, a student of NRI Junior College in Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar. “The two-marks questions were indeed difficult,” said his friend who walked out the hall early.

Liberal valuation
BIE Secretary M. Subrahmanyam told The Hindu that his feedback was similar. He said the BIE has nothing to do with the paper. “We ask paper setters to prepare nine sets and one is selected from it ultimately,” he said. He said the existing scheme of valuation will be followed. However, he was non-committal with regard to liberal valuation in view of the students' feedback.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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