On Saturday, when students walked out of their exam centre after the mathematics paper, they all had big smiles on their faces, a great relief for the waiting parents, especially after the tough and lengthy physics paper on Tuesday.
"Seeing the maths paper was a huge relief. I was very disappointed after the physics paper but the maths one had all questions from the textbook and was free of errors," said Kedar Sathaye, student of Dhyanganga College, Thane.
In the Mumbai division, 71,756 students from the arts and science streams and 49,452 from the commerce stream appeared for the mathematics paper.
Some students, however, believe one question was out of syllabus. "There was a question in the differentiation section which was not from the syllabus," said Chirag Thakkar, Sanskardham College, Goregaon.
But teachers denied this. "Everyone is usually worried about the mathematics paper, but this time students need not worry about scoring well. The paper was set from the prescribed syllabus and those who had studied the textbook well should not have any problems," said Sunil Gadge, teacher of mathematics at Sathaye college, Vile Parle.
In spite of this, the board helpline received calls from several students inquiring about the passing scheme in mathematics paper. "As soon as the paper was over, students called asking if they are required to individually pass in both theory and practicals. We have informed them that that's not the case and they must not worry and concentrate on the next papers," said Balasaheb Hyalj, counsellor at the helpline.
Mumbai division board helpline (8am to 8pm): 022-27893756
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