SRINAGAR: The fourth semester undergraduate students enrolled at many government degree colleges in the Valley have alleged discrepancies in the question paper for their Chemistry examination conducted recently by the Kashmir University.
Students from both medical and non-medical streams from the colleges told Kashmir Reader that in the 4th semester Chemistry paper, which was held on November 11, “questions carrying a weightage of around 16 marks were asked from the syllabus of 3rd semester”, which, as per them, virtually made the question paper “out of syllabus”.
Besides the “out of syllabus questions”, the students also pointed out “disparity” in the weightage fixed for the four chapters on which the chemistry paper is based.
A student said that the 60 marks weightage for the question paper was “unequally” distributed among the questions asked from the four chapters.
“Technically, questions carrying 15 marks should have been asked from each chapter, but they had asked around 30 marks from a single particular chapter,” he said.
From the ‘Spectroscopy’ chapter of the chemistry question paper, “only one question, carrying eight marks, was asked”, alleged a student.
The student said that the “meagre” weightage was despite the chapter being “relatively lengthy”.
The students demanded that the chemistry paper be either held anew or they be compensated for the “out-of-syllabus” questions.
“We had to study two chapters entirely on our own due to shutdowns earlier this year,” a student said.
Controller Examinations, KU, Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir however refuted the students’ claims.
He said that the students were complaining “because they don’t study properly”.
“The paper setters are among the respective subject teachers. When we appoint them, we ask them to go by the syllabus,” Prof Mir added.