1 million take JEE, teachers spot `discrepancies’ in exam

1 million take JEE, teachers spot `discrepancies’ in exam

Over a million students took the paper-based Joint Entrance Examination (Main) on Sunday at over 2,000 centres.And like last year, teachers have spotted “discrepancies“ in this year's paper too but without the CBSE's own answer key , there's no way to be sure.

“Question 84 (in Set F) has two answers and question 17 appears to have no matching answer in choices given. The mathematics section is a shade tougher than last year's with a few lengthy questions,“ says R L Trikha of FIITJEE. The CBSE's own answerkey isn't public yet. “It's hard to make any claims without the key,“ adds Keshav Aggarwal of Turning Point, “But there were some ambiguities in the chemistry part. Chemistry is usually easy but wasn't this year. Mathematics was relatively tough and physics, mediocre.“

The exam is in parts. Paper I was similar in pattern to the ones that candidates have taken from 2011 to 2015. “The paper is balanced and is set from CBSE syllabus of Class XI and XII,“ adds Trikha. The second paper was similar to last year's.

“In Physics, there were two questions which had more than one correct. Many students reported the section on mathematics to be lengthy. In chemistry, distribution of questions was quite skewed with more questions from organic chemistry . One question was found to be ambiguous in chemistry also,“ says Aakash Chaudhry of Aakash Educational Services. Aggarwal figures the “qualifying score“ will “hover around 105-110 again.“

The top two lakh candidates will qualify to appear in the JEE Advanced to be held on May 23.

Source: Times of India 4th April'2016