Economic students at Delhi University were taken by a surprise when a question in the annual examination paper was changed when the exam was already half way through.
While few colleges claimed that the university had sent them a communication during the exam and they did not have a say in the process, few other colleges said the students had raised certain issues with the question.
Few students objected to the change as they had already answered the particular question of Intermediate Macroeconomics, a subject in second semester of Economics Honours, when it was changed with just an hour left for the examination to conclude.
As per the question given to the students, it had to be answered according to ‘Permanent Income Hypothesis’, however the DU authorities changed the question to be answered according to ‘Lifecycle Hypothesis’.
“By the time we were informed of the change, I had already answered that question. Hence, it left we with no time to change the answer and since all the questions carried 7.5 marks it is a risky affair skipping any question,” said a Zakir Hussain college student.
Another student said, “the question paper is evaluated at various stages before being finalised for a particular exam. This time of chaos is unexpected from the university but will definitely hamper our performance.
However, Principal of Hansraj College, where initial complaints were received said that they raised the issue with the university.
“Few students complained to the invigilators that the language of the particular question was not clear. We then raised the issue with the university authorities who told us that similar complaints have been received from few other colleges and they notified a replacement for the question,” said Rama Sharma, Principal Hansraj College.
DU’s Dean of Examinations, Roop Lal, refused to comment on the issue.