It was an easy start for English-medium SSC students.
Hindi was the first paper on Tuesday and most students completed the paper before time.
“It was slightly lengthy but we finished it on time,” said Humera Merchant, a student of Bai BS Bengallee Girls’ High School. She spoke on behalf of her friends who stood discussing the paper.
Deepak Ramrakhiani, a student of St Joseph student, could not complete the comprehension. “That was because I am slow,” she said.
Others who could complete it early credited it to the easy grammar and the letter writing.
“The paper was easy. Most grammar portions were repeated from previous years and there were good choices in the letter-writing section,” said Sageetika Sinha, a student of Fort Convent School.
Some students said that choices, like those in the letter section, were repeated from previous years.
“One of the letter options had appeared in 2010,” said Lubna Ahmed of Fort Convent School.
Students said they found the paper easy due to the effort they had put in throughout the year. “We have been studying this year after year. That is the reason we found the paper easy,” said Saloni Shah, a student of St Anne’s School.
Board officials monitoring the exams said there were 58 cheating cases across Maharasthra with nine in the Mumbai division that covers Greater Mumbai, Thane and Raigad with respect to the SSC exams.