In the wake of several errors in the IIT-JEE papers this year, the elite institutes on Sunday devised multi-pronged remedial measures including scaling up the marks for the affected candidates for certain unprinted and unreadable questions.
The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs, the apex body to decide the admission matters, today met in New Delhi and evolved the "corrective measures" to ensure that "genuine students are not affected" by the errors in the exam which was taken by around 4.72 lakh candidates on April 11, 2010.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday asked the IITs to come up with a remedial action plan within a week to ensure fair evaluation of papers of IIT-JEE.
The JAB formulated a point-by-point remedial action and put out the measures in the IIT-JEE website.
The papers carried a few printing errors as subject-heads of mathematics and physics were interchanged. Besides, question 44 in the mathematics section of paper 1 in code 4 of the Hindi version was not printed. The Hindi version of the papers also carried wrong instructions.
As per the English version of the paper, there were certain questions carrying 48 marks. However, the Hindi versions presented the same questions with wrong instruction that they carried 18 marks.
"We are fully confident that there will be no problem after the corrective measures are implemented," Director IIT Madras, which coordinated the entrance, told PTI.
For the error of unprinted question, the optical response sheet (ORS) of the candidates will be evaluated, omitting the question 44 and the overall score for the mathematics section of Paper 1 of those candidates will be appropriately scaled.
In a few cases, the question paper contained two unreadable pages and two partially readable pages in the Physics section of Paper 1.
Since the registration numbers of these candidates have been taken note of at the time of the examination, their ORS will be evaluated omitting the unreadable questions and their scores for the Physics section of Paper 1 will then be appropriately scaled.