The Telegraph
Tuesday , March 4 , 2014
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Smooth start to ICSE & CBSE boards

- Thousands answer English language & maths, authorities claim good papers

Class X board exams of ICSE and CBSE sailed off to a smooth start on Monday.

While ICSE students answered English language on Day One, their CBSE counterparts answered mathematics.

This year, 4,050 students across 27 schools in the city are answering ICSE.

Also, some 4,010 students across 22 schools are CBSE aspirants. Both ICSE and CBSE examinees appeared satisfied with their papers on the first day, while authorities said exams were “peaceful”.

Enough time

ICSE students faced the comfort of plenty of time before actual pen and paper. They entered the exam hall at 10.25 am.

Their time for filling the newly introduced OMR sheets started at 10.30am while reading time begun at 10.45am. Time was from 11am to 1pm.

Language comfort

The first day of ICSE exam saw satisfied students as English language is always considered the comfort subject for students in city schools.

“The rest is yet to come but English on the first day was pretty good. I felt the essay section had some real indepth topics such as creating a short story, a picture composition on child labour and working women make better mothers,” said Swarnajit Das, a student of DBMS English School. The next paper for ICSE is English literature on March 5.

Number cruncher

CBSE students started with maths, traditionally a tough subject, but managed to ace the paper according to most teachers.

“The first day of the class X board examinations was good. Maths is a subject that students are petrified of but the paper went well for the students,” said Vipin Sharma, principal of Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya. CBSE students of Class X will answer Hindi on March 5

Plus Two papers

ISC students answered their English literature paper on Monday, and will appear for psychology on March 5.