October 16, 2020, 12:17 PM

In a first of its kind, Final Year BA students, appearing for their sixth semester at Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Friday, were taken aback after reading some of their questions.

The students, while taking an online exam for Psychology, were in for a rude shock with the kind of questions that were thrown at them.

Nation Next came across a screenshot of one of the ridiculous questions that was asked during the Psychology paper today. 

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) asked by Nagpur University

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) asked by Nagpur University

With a question that just had several question marks along with their options with question marks too, students were in a helpless and panic situation.

When we spoke to Sneha Shah, a Psychology student from LAD College, who came across the above question while taking the online exam through an app, said, “I am a student from RTMNU University, currently giving 6th semester examinations online via RTMNU Pariksha App developed by the university. Since day one (October 8th), students including me have been facing numerous technical difficulties. My exam, on Philosophy subject on October 9, was supposed to start by 11:30 am and the app didn't load at all.

Firstly, the date mentioned on the app was incorrect, so I tried reaching out through various helpline number, and after numerous tries, I finally got a call back from one of the numbers asking me to ‘keep patience.’ They continuously kept telling us to keep trying – which we did for five hours precisely!! Later, we received a notification, which said that the exam would be postponed to either a Sunday or on some other date.

Then, on October 14th, many students failed to submit their political science paper as the submit form, upon pressing the submit button, kept buffering. The students till now are still unsure if their paper was submitted or not, as no notification was displayed then. On October 15th, my Supplementary English paper was delayed by one hour, again due to technical issues. A BBA student of sixth semester taking Human Resource exam, got a blank screen after 'submitting' his paper.

Worse, on October 16th, our exam started one hour earlier than the designated time. Even if it wasn’t a ‘major’ issue, but many questions were either out of syllabus, had errors, one of the questions had two same options – both, of which were incorrect! We are extremely concerned and worried about our results, as it would get affected due to such errors. Hope the university becomes careful towards us. Out future lies in uncertainty!”  

Shah said RTMNU has assured that it would make students, who faced difficulties, reappear for their exams. She said few students' online paper couldn't get submitted due to the university's technical glitches. She said while the allotted time for taking the exam is 60 minutes, they were given only 39 minutes.

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