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Maths minus jitters on ICSE Day One

The ICSE examinations, conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, kicked off on a note of satisfaction in Ranchi on Wednesday with most of the 3,000 students appearing for their mathematics paper finding the questions relatively easy.

The council — which in a stark deviation from its usual pattern started things off with mathematics and not English I this year — has 28 examination centres in the state capital.

According to officials the examinations were peaceful on Day One with no reports of unfair means being used at any of the centres. The board this year has provided one supervising examiner for 120 students and one invigilator for every 30 examinees.

The second examination, English I, is scheduled to be held on March 1.

The council this year had asked the students to reach their centres at least 15 minutes before the scheduled 11am start, with an additional 15 minutes of time being provided to the examinees for reading the question paper.

Most of the students appeared pleased with their performance on the first day with St Xavier’s School’s Shashank Shekhar terming the test as “easy”.

“We usually are nervous about the mathematics examinations. Hence, the council decided to do away with the fear and started the exams with mathematics and not English,” Shekhar said.

He added that the paper was easy overall and he expected to score cent per cent marks.

Echoing Shekhar, his classmate Ronit Joseph stated that it was a huge burden off their backs. “I am now looking forward to doing well in the English language test,” he said.

Principal of St Xavier’s father Ajit Xess too appeared satisfied with the overall performance.

“The students are confident of scoring good marks,” he said.