The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Tuesday released sample question-cum-answer booklets to be used in the annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examinations 2013.
The sample booklet for English subject having total 100 marks and of two-and-a-half-hour duration has 14 pages. The first page is an information sheet where name and roll number will be written by examinees while teachers will also write marks for each question on the same page after evaluation. For a question carrying 10 marks, the booklet provides 40 lines for the answer to be written within 150 words. Similarly for a question of five marks, the answer should be within 50 words in 14 lines. Besides, there will be two additional pages for the use of students and two more pages will be given on demand.
“The booklet will not create any kind of confusion among students and teachers. The sample papers are prepared with utmost care,” said school and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda.
The booklets, designed on CBSE pattern to check malpractice, question paper leak and erratic evaluation of answersheets, will be given to students for practice and feedback. The samples will also be uploaded in the BSE website.
“I practised in the booklet and found it quite handy for English paper. But I don’t know whether it will be equally good for other subjects as well,” said Anita Patra, a student of class-X in Capital High School. However, some students are skeptical. “Now we don’t have any option left except using the booklets in the exam. Had we used the booklets in pre-test and test examinations it would have been better for us,” said Rajesh Patra, another student of class-X.
The board authorities assured the students not to worry as measures will be taken to clear their doubts and queries about the new pattern. “The board will conduct seminars for teachers to make them acquainted with the new pattern, who would clear the doubts of students. Besides, students can collect the booklets for practice from schools or they may download them from the BSE website,” said D P Nanda, president of the board. (Source – The Times of India)