Pune: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to give seven bonus marks for the four erroneous questions in the Chemistry paper of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination, which was conducted by the board this year.
“We have expert’s opinion that even though there are minor mistakes, it will be taken into consideration for awarding bonus marks to students. Similarly, we want to avoid any kind of inconvenience to the students,” said Shakuntala Kale, Chairperson of MSBSHSE.
The chemistry paper, which took place on February 28, had misprints and misspelled words in the questions due to which, the chief moderators have suggested to straightaway give seven marks to the students. The marks will be given to the students, who have attempted those questions despite the mistakes.
In the question paper, question number 2 (ii) state the third law of thermodynamics, give two examples for one marks, the question did not specify examples. Similarly, question 3 (iv)- calculate the internal energy, which was for 3 marks, was wrongly framed. It should have been framed as calculate the change in internal energy. Question 6 (v) had a misspelled p-toluene, which was printed as ‘tolune’ for 2 marks. Question 8 had options in which the second optional question was two chemical equations, which had to be identified. Out of the two, one was out of syllabus, which consisted of one mark.
“The question paper is expected to be completely error free but few of the questions had mistakes, thus it was proposed to give away seven marks to the deserving students,” said one of the chief moderators of chemistry paper.
Many parents had raised objections claiming that chemistry paper was very tough for students.