flagged of on March 2, 2015 with English question paper. While the core English paper had average difficulty level overall but the comprehension passages in the question paper were quite lengthy and confusing. The tricky value-based questions were related to cricket and pilgrimage which most students found quite difficult. Also Read - Maharashtra: 35 Percent Schools Reopen After 8 Months, Only 5 Percent Students Attend

Shariza Ahmed, a Class 12 student appearing for her this year, said, “English paper was quite difficult. The passages were quite confusing and lengthy too. I could not complete it.” Also Read - Puducherry Proposes 10% Quota For Government School Students in Medical Courses

Even teachers found the English paper difficult this year. Meera Bhardwaj, HoD of English at Ramjas School said, “Students were anxious as it was the first paper. Questions on privileges enjoyed by cricketers threw them a curve ball.” Also Read - West Bengal MBBS Seats Increased to 4,000: CM Mamata Banerjee

Other teachers agreed that there were significant changes in the English paper this year. Devendra Sharma, who has been teaching English to Class 11 and students for more than a decade says, “The passage on pilgrimage was followed by questions like ‘How can we satisfy our ego?’ and ‘How can a pilgrim keep his body healthy?’. Only a student who reads regularly can answer such questions.”

Other than the comprehension passages, rest of the question paper was easy and had direct questions.

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