The University of Mumbai for the second time failed to provide the right answers for the financial management paper for BMS students. The exam, worth 60 marks, was held on November 21.
The first handwritten answer key, which was handed out to the examiners on November 30, had mistakes in the answers to four questions. After a few examiners pointed out the errors, a printed, revised answer key was sent to all the examiners on December 4.
However, much to the surprise of the examiners, there were still errors in three questions, worth 35 marks. While some examiners have continued to go ahead with the wrong solution key, a few others have stopped correcting papers until the mistakes are rectified.
“The first key had blatant errors in four of the questions. When I received the second key, only one of the questions was rectified and the rest remained the same. The papers are still pending until we get some clarity from the university,” said Shanti Patel, a BMS professor and an examiner who has to correct 70 papers.
The revised solution key has errors in a compulsory question in the first section worth 15 marks and in two questions in the second section where the students are required to answer three out of four questions.
“The students are likely to answer the practical questions rather than the theoretical ones as they fetch more marks. The two questions with the erroneous solutions happen to be the practical ones. The students will suffer if the papers are corrected as per the solutions given by the university,” said Nimish Thakore, an examiner of Jai Hind College, adding that he had alerted the university about the errors. Thakore stopped correcting papers and said he would resume corrections only after the errors were rectified.
Despite the confusion, some examiners have not noticed the errors in the revised answer key. Mangesh Panchal, an examiner from Hinduja College, has been checking the papers as per the revised key.
“I don’t see any problem in the second set of solutions given by the university and have been correcting the answer sheets according to the revised key,” said Panchal.
Priti Parekh, one of the head examiners responsible for the solutions, denied that there were any mistakes with the revised solution key saying the problem was a difference of interpretation.
Despite repeated calls and messages, Padma Deshmukh, the controller of examinations, could not be reached for comment.