The top score this year at the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology is 385 out of 401 marks. JEE results were announced at midnight on Friday. Chairperson of the JEE office at IIT-Bombay confirmed the top score but declined to say anything further until the results were officially announced.
Unconfirmed claims stated that the topper was from Delhi and the highest scoring candidate from Maharashtra was sixth on the all India merit list, and that the candidate is from Mumbai.
This time less than 10 candidates’ scores had to be recalculated following applications for reviewing . This is the second year that the IITs uploaded candidates’ Optical Response Sheets (ORS) online before the official announcement of merit lists on Friday, to allow students to see if there had been any errors in the reading and tabulation of their scores.
Candidates could apply for re-checking between May 5 and May 10, with less than 100 candidates applying for this facility but only around six or eight genuine cases of errors, said IIT officials. Nearly five lakh candidates appeared for the JEE this year.
“This is a very small number given how many appear for the exam,” said AV Mahajan, chairperson of the JEE office at IIT-Bombay. “For the few genuine cases there were some errors in the machine reading because they had erased the answer first.”
The IITs had earlier admitted to two errors in the paper when the answer keys were uploaded online, for which they granted no marks to any student for the two questions totally worth seven marks. The total number of marks fell, as a result from 408 to 401. As for two other questions that candidates later complained were ambiguous, officials granted marks to students accounting for both possible answers to the contentious questions. “Since there were different interpretations of the same problem both possibilities were allowed,” said Mahajan.
Last year the IITs decided to make answer sheets available to students online in a bid for greater transparency and to give students a chance to air their complaints.