In a move that will bring relief to many students, who scored lower than expected in the Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) Main exam, the Central Bureau of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to give them a chance to review their scores. In a notification late on Monday evening, CBSE announced that the exam’s answer key will be released to students.
The notification, published on www.jeemain.nic.in, states that students can obtain a copy of their OMR sheet, answer key and calculation sheet by paying a fee of Rs 500. The deadline to apply for these materials is June 15. However, it does not address the issue of extension of deadline for students to register for the JEE Advanced. The exam, which is the second-level for admission to IITs, can only be given by the top 1.5 lakh students in JEE Main. However, since many are awaiting a correction in scores, they have missed the JEE Advanced registration deadline of May 13.
The notification comes after candidates and their parents had complained of discrepancies in scores and asked the CBSE to release the answer keys to make the evaluation process transparent. Those aspiring to get into any of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and other centrally-funded institutes had appeared for the exam in April.
However, when their results were declared on May 7, many students were shocked to see they had scored up to 30 marks lower than expected.