An Examination hall is a place where we are, in three hours, tested for our knowledge, acquired through the year, that has passed by. All the papers are for the length of three hours that implies that these simple three hours are worth a fortune.

The future of each individual in the hall depends on his total performance in these three hours. No matter how well or badly a student may have performed through the year, but, what really matters to him is the sum total of his achievements in these three hours. Oh! How crucial and important these three hours can be is beyond any dispute.

These hours in an examination hall are a mixed atmosphere within the hall, as, some children who have genuinely studied throughout the year, and the paper also happened to be as per their expectations are seen to be very relaxed in spite of being at the hall’s mercy.

Others, who may have studied through the year but the paper has been a disappointment to them, are seen as though struggling with their memories and scratching their brains. This they seem to be doing in the hope as if, by scratching their heads, information about the questions in front of them may pop out of their heads.


There is here, in the hall, still another category of students who have trifled with their studies all through and thus probably expected nothing in the paper and also got nothing in their favour.

Such students can be very easily spotted in the hall, within a few minutes of distribution of the papers. They just fidget with things as if that could help.

Considering how important these three hours in the hall can be and really are, one does at times feel the absurdity of this method of judging the knowledge of students that they have acquired in the process of a year.

After the whole year of 365 days, these three hours are going to fix the destiny of the student sounds really awkward. These three hours are, as if a tight rope walk for the examinees, or walking on a razor’s edge for, it is these hours which can and will make or mar the future of the student.


Even though at the face of it these three hours in an examination hall appear to be a hoax of an examination system, it appears as though there is no other practical method of testing the knowledge of students that is of course a must.

Until a new method of examining is evolved I am afraid this dreaded three hours business year after year will continue to haunt the children and disturb their stability of thought and action. The awe of the hall continues to disturb the children and nothing precious can be done to stop it.

The scene in an examination hall is just a medley of reactions. At the sight of the paper, some are very happy while others look sad and disappointed. All this shows in the behaviour of each child. An amount of satisfaction is written on some of the faces and others m crestfallen, while

Still others seem to be restless as though planning some mischief – if possible.