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Wednesday , January 8 , 2014
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Mock tests for better marks

Intermediate science students of Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), who will take their board exam next month, can assess the current level of their preparation during a series of mock tests from January 8 to 11.

A first-time initiative for JAC for intermediate students, sources said the move had been spurred by poor results in science subjects over the past few years.

While JAC has slotted January 8 for the physics mock test, students will appear for the chemistry, biology and maths papers over the next three days, respectively.

Each test will be held for three hours.

The tests have been organised exclusively for science papers, as results in arts and commerce subjects have been by and large better in recent times.

“Poor results in science subjects have become an alarming trend in intermediate exams. That’s why the council has started mock tests to help students know how well they are prepared. The council has said that questions have been picked from last 10 years’ papers,” said Riyaz Ahmed, controller of examinations of Karim City College.

Ahmed added he hoped the tests would benefit students.

On the test days, the respective college will need to download question papers from the JAC website The papers will be uploaded half an hour before the scheduled time of the mock exams, which is 9.45am.

The respective college will then take printouts of the question papers and hand them over to the students.

Students of remote areas may fail to benefit from the move as most district colleges are reeling under lack of basic facilities, let alone Internet connectivity.

Colleges in urban pockets like Jamshedpur, however, have welcomed the move.

“The mock tests are a very good idea and I congratulate JAC chairperson Anand Bhushan for floating this initiative. It was necessary,” said Usha Shukla, principal of Graduate School College for Women.

The examination papers will be evaluated by teachers of respective colleges.

The council has also uploaded sample papers of science subjects for intermediate students to prepare for exams on their own.

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