Class X board exams of Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) started across the country on Monday.
In Ranchi, nearly 3,000 candidates from 32 ICSE-affiliated schools appeared for English Language paper. About 1,500 candidates from 61 CBSE-affiliated cradles sat for maths exam.
Students of both boards expressed satisfaction with the questions and seemed happy with their performance. Authorities, too, breathed a sigh of relief at the seamless conduct of exams on Day 1.
For ICSE candidates, who appeared for the exam at their own schools, the test started at 11am and got over by 1pm. For CBSE students, exams were held across 11 centres in Ranchi. The maths test started at 10.30am and ended at 1.30pm.
Candidates from both boards were happy. “We feel tension-free as our maths paper was easy. Regular practice sessions conducted in schools and counselling from CBSE toll-free helped me immensely,” said Jitin Raj, a tenth grader of DAV Kapil Dev, whose exam centre was Gurunanak Higher Secondary School.
Prerna, a student of ICSE-affiliated St Thomas School in Dhurwa, was equally content after her English language paper. “We are feeling relaxed as our first exam went well,”she said.
Authorities entrusted with conducting exams seamlessly were equally relieved by the smooth start.
Ranchi coordinator of ICSE exams and principal of St Charles School Sister Clare Thomas said: “Candidates finished their test on time at all centres. They showed no signs of nervousness.”
Ranchi coordinator of CBSE exams Manohar Lal said number of candidates appearing for boards had gone down since school-based Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation system was introduced. “We have 11 examination centres and in each of them, minimum 130-135 candidates took the test. Since the introduction of CCE pattern in 2010, many candidates are taking school- based examination.”
ICSE students will appear for English Literature paper on Wednesday. As for their CBSE counterparts, Tuesday is slotted for Home Science exam.
The tests conclude on March 15.
04Ranicse: Candidates come out of examination hall on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh