The last Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), held in about 40 centres in the city on Sunday 8th April, threw up a few surprises for students. While the two-paper examination carried only 408 marks this year as against last year's 480, experts said that negative marking was restricted to just the first section in Paper I, and not two sections like in 2011. A total of 10,300 seats will be available for students this year in all the IITs put together.
JEE is expected to be replaced by an all India entrance examination, Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET), starting next year. Meanwhile, at the backdrop of communal clashes in Old City, about a dozen students reportedly missed the examination as their centres were located in engineering colleges in Saidabad area. However, officials of these centres said that “students could have missed the examination for reasons not related to communal disharmony”. In the city, 10% of the total number of students registered for the examination missed the same, officials said.
About 2.5 lakh students appeared for the examination from across the state. A total of 5.6 lakh students had appeared for the examination across the country. Though very few errors were sited in the question paper this year, experts said that an error has crept into Paper II. In code II, question number 26, the data given does not give any corresponding answer in the options section, IIT-coaching experts from Sri Chaitanya Group of Institutions said.
This year, to qualify for an IIT rank, students will have to score 143 marks in JEE. Experts said that anyone who scores over 180 marks in the examination might get a seat in one of the IITs. The examinations were held in two sessions from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm. A few questions were said to be lengthier when compared to JEE 2011. "There were some tricky questions in some of the sections which would have made students apply more than one concept," said T Kondala Rao, IIT coordinator, Narayana Group of Institutions.
With a decrease in the marks and the number of questions, the examinations would have proved to be tough for some students, Uma Shankar, IIT coordinator, Chaitanya Group of Institutions said. "Students were, however, relieved that this year they were allowed to take a copy of the optical mark recognition (OMR) sheet home to verify how they have fared in the examinations," said Uma Shankar. Students however, were happy with their performance.
Shambhavi B, a student of DAV Public School, said, "I expected it to be very difficult. Chemistry was the easiest. As this was the last JEE, everyone had various theories about the paper being either too hard or too easy. But it was neither, it was very manageable." Jishnu A S, another student from the city, said, "I did not expect it to be this easy, especially Physics. However, the Mathematics section in Paper II was a bit tough." Talking about the new rule that allowed students to take a copy of their OMR sheet with them after the exam, he said, "I think it was very helpful because we could check our answers immediately."
Courtesy: Times of India