Thursday, March 27, 2008

E.V.S. Randomness

Scene: Exam Hall 10 minutes before the E.V.S. exam.

Me:
So...What's the portion?

G. : Ahh...You know...Pollution, Major Environmental Issues, Disasters...that kinda thing...

Me: Oh...so...didja study for it?

*Awkward pause, Followed by the laughter of everyone, including me...*

Yeah, Right, like thats gonna happen...

I support the move Of the Maharashtra Board Of Education, to make E.V.S. Compulsory...
After the absorption of large amounts of perfectly irrelevant trivia under the guise of Secondary Education in the 10th std. board exam, I believe that The inclusion of E.V.S. is a great way to develop a skill that comes in handy in everyday Life- The Art Of Bullshit

The best way to make people believe that you are smarter than you actually are...

Looking at the average E.V.S answer sheet, you can see that even if the student might know only one point out of the required four, by twisting and turning the words of the limited information he has, he can make it into as many points as he feels like...

Thus, very few people look through the textbook...and end up having Random conversations about the portion...

Eg:

What to do In case Of a Natural Disaster?

  • Move away from the centre of the Disaster, as quickly as possible, to minimize risk to life and limb.
  • Run away
  • Travel far away from the area of major impact
  • Haul your ass the hell outta there...
  • In case of Flood, swim Away
  • In case of Fire, move quickly towards flood prone area.
  • In case Of Fire On The Mountain, run, Run, RUN!
  • In case of Toxic Fume Poisoning, do not breathe in.
  • Curl up in a fetal position and wait for your inevitable destruction, while hoping and praying that it will be swift and painless...though it probably won't be...
  • etc, etc...
And some people have strange answers to straightforward questions-

State True Or False

...2)The INSTRUMENT used in measuring Earthquake intensity is the Richter Scale...

A Large number of people said 'True', and argued vehemently about it's being correct...

(The simple explanation is that saying this is 'True' is like saying you measure speed with a 'meteres per second'...)

And the others had to make them see the light of reason by explaining that The Richter scale s NOT some sort of foot-ruler that you stick into earthquake prone area to get a reading...

But the one which takes the cake is the opening line to an answer given by a Commerce student sitting next to me-

Q5
iii) Explain Water Pollution.

Ans. Water pollution is made in water...

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I'll be as free as a bird in a cage with clipped wings as soon as the exams are over. I solemnly swear to update on a regular basis from then.

2 comments:

Selenium said...

I had EVS in the first semester of my College...

Scenario 12 Hrs before the exam -> I have the EVS book open in front of me. I try to glance into it, but somehow, something or the other "Non EVS realted" issues pop out of my mind. Finally, I pick up my roomie's "Like the Flowing Rivers" - A book by Paulo Coelho and read it till five in the morning (Finished it actually ^^; ); fall asleep in 10 mins.

Next I know that my roomie wakes me up 1 Hour before the exam. When I start the exam I use the same technique that you have so elaborately described to answer all my questions :P

All I know is that I passed this subject with great marks without any preparations as such... And I wasn't just lucky.

NITEEN AUTADE said...

11 th std....
My 1st evs paper....gng in college....
without any kinda preparations....
exam was of 2 hrs....but everyone getting shocked to see tat NiTs was out of the classroom within 10 minutes.....damn tat day....cannot forget it.....the shock on the faces of alll.....shitt man...
simply fun.....
but wot was the most importantly shocking was ....tat i scroed 22 out of 30 in tat paper....
ohhh man....
TATS OUR HSC BOARD

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