CET day 1: Errors in biology, maths papers

Bengaluru: Biology and mathematics papers, for which the Karnataka Common Entrance Test was held on Wednesday, had a number of errors, said experts who analysed the papers. They said the English version of the biology paper had many errors, while the maths paper had one. 

Pointing out to the errors in Version – C of the Biology paper, Dr Milind Chippalakatti, vice-president, Deeksha, said the question 4 mentioned ‘animals’ instead of ‘following’, and question 9 saw ‘population’ printed instead of ‘parturition’. “The question composition was distributed in the order of 37 easy questions, 19 moderate questions, and four difficult ones. An average student can score at least 30 marks,” he said.

Students who got Version-E of the mathematics paper found it difficult to find a solution to question 45. A student, Chetan B.R., said that he tried several times to solve the question to get the answer from one of the options given in the paper, but could not. Prof. H.S Mahadevaiah, HoD of Mathematics Department, BASE, too said that the right answer was missing in the options given. Analysing the paper in general he said it was moderate in terms of difficulty level. “The paper contained 46 questions from second year PU syllabus. A well-prepared student can easily score 80-85%,” he said.

While most of the students found biology held in the morning session easy, they felt the mathematics paper in the afternoon was lengthy. The Karnataka Examinations Authority, which conducted the test, said that 77.24% of registered candidates appeared for biology, while 96.04% attended the mathematics test.

Elaborating on the biology paper, Manasa D. from DCFL PU College said that the paper this year looked far easier than the previous year. “Questions were entirely from the NCERT textbook and solving a lot of model papers helped me manage time efficiently to finish the paper easily,” she said.

Another student Nandini N. from Deeksha, Kanakapura Road felt that most of the questions other than five to six were direct from the study material she referred to.

However, Sagar R. from Thyagaraja Nagar was one of many who found the mathematics paper a tougher than the morning paper. “I found geometry relatively tougher. Questions from first year portions were a bit complex, though the majority of the questions appeared were from second year lessons,” he said. 

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