Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-03-09 21:00 Bengaluru: The first day of II PU exams went off without a hiccup. Over 1.5-lk students sat for biology and history exams at 998 centres across the state. Students said they found both the papers easy.Shobita, II PU science student said she expected to score 60 marks out of 70. "I have done good in my practical exam also. Our next paper is maths and we have four days to revise the syllabus," she saidPrashanth, another science student, also found the biology paper to be easy.Arts students were also relieved. Gavin Dias, II PU student from St Joseph's Pre-University College, said 60pc of the questions were easy. "Anyone who had prepared genuinely for the exam is sure to attempt 60 percent of the questions. I expect to score more than 80 in this subject," he said.Nikhil, another arts student, also hoped to score above 80. “Our next exam is sociology on March 13 and we have three days to prepare," he said.Hanumanthacharya, HOD, Biology Department, BASE, said the question paper was reasonably good. "Question paper includes questions pertaining to all chapters, with due importance to all the lessons in the prescribed syllabus. The paper does not contain questions which are ambiguous, wrong or beyond the prescribed syllabus. Overall, it appears to be a good paper in which an average student can secure about 70�arks," he said.Meanwhile, as many as 4204 students were not given hall ticket by the PU examination board due to shortage of attendance.A total of 120 students from Sheshadripuram College in Malleswaram, who were not given hall tickets, protested in front of college to protest. Police officials present on the spot dispersed the group, asking them to complaint to the PU examination board.However, college authorities allowed one student to write the exam after he produced an interim order from the court. However, Prakash, Consultant director of Studies, Shehsadripuram College, said the student’s papers won’t be evaluated due to shortage of attendance.Speaking to reporters, Shikha C, Director, Pre-University Education department, said the exams were conducted without any untoward incident. She also said the random allotment of exam centres had not caused any confusion.Shikha along with Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanvir Sait also visited several examination centres in the city to get a feel of the exam centres.PU department officials also closed down several photocopying centres operating within 200-metre radius of the examination centres in the city.Two cases of malpractice were reported from Davangere and three from Kalaburgi district.