Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven maybe names in a history book for others but Chandrali Mukherjee listens to classical European musicians to relax in the last leg of exam preparations.
“Yes, I’m a bit nervous but I am also excited about taking the exams. I listen to western classical music — especially Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven — regularly to relax,” said the Class XII student of DAV, BSEB.
CBSE Class XII examination begins on Friday; Class X students, who have opted for boards, would face their first challenge on Saturday. With a few hours left for both, students are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that they perform well.
Chandrali added: “These are the most important exams in our lives and will have a significant impact on our careers. After these exams, we shall be treated as adults. So, I am leaving no stone unturned to do my best.”
Other students are also burning the midnight oil.
“Every hour is important,” said Syed Mohammed Saquib, a Class XII student of Patna Muslim High School. “My only focus now is on my books. This is the only opportunity I shall get to take this exam.”
While Class XII students — who have the experience of a board exam — still have time for music and friends, their juniors in Class X claim they do not.
“I used to listen to music earlier but I have stopped that. I spend less time on social networking sites like Facebook. Meeting friends is a far cry, I hardly talk to them over the phone,” said Asmita, a Class X student of Notre Dame Academy.
She would be talking the summative assessment-II, which is scheduled to being on March 16. Unlike her, those who will take summative assessment-I would have to take their first exam on March 2.
A difference in date is hardly a source of relief though. Asmita said: “I am as tensed as anyone else.”
Parents, too, are doing their bit to ensure that the exam nerves don’t get better of their wards.
“My daughter, who will be taking the Class XII boards, was spending sleepless nights worrying about the exams. But I told her to rest properly so that her performance does not suffer,” said Rakesh Kumar, whose daughter is a student of St Karen’s Secondary School.