Several months of gruelling preparation was put through a difficult test as 45,000 candidates appeared for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in the Capital on Sunday. The IIT JEE this year was in tune with the tough standards set over the years and carried a mixed bag of changes.
For starters, the total number of questions in Paper I and II was lower in comparison to last year. Compared to last year, the students faced 18 less questions this time. The ‘assertion reasoning’ type questions were conspicuous by their absence.
But this did not necessarily translate into an advantage for students, as the level of difficulty was a tad higher compared to 2008.
“Paper II, in fact, had an unusually high number of semi-subjective questions. There were 24 such questions (eight each for physics, chemistry and mathematics) and there was no option for multiple-choice answers. That apart, unlike last year, the multiple choice questions carried negative marking this time,” said Kaushal Garg, 18, a student of DAV School, Sahibabad.
But none of the changes was too drastic to throw a student off course.
“All this wasn’t too drastically different. What is important is that most questions were part of the pattern that have been observed in the last three years,” Ajay Antony, course director, Time Institute of Management Education, said.
Of the three sections on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in each paper, many students found the Mathematics section the most difficult. This year, around 3.98 lakh students appeared for the examinations to secure a seat in any of the 15 IITs across the country.
“The overall increase in the number of seats after the OBC quota was implemented and the opening of new IITs have led to an unusual 20 per cent jump (80,000 candidates) in enrollment compared to last year,” said R Chattopadhyaya, chairman, JEE, IIT-Delhi.
The results will be out by May 25 and counselling for admission will be held in June.