The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination on Sunday was “lengthy” but “relatively easy”, those who took the test felt.
The students as well as coaching centres across the city said the mathematics section of the exam was “lengthy”.
“While the paper was not difficult, the mathematics section was lengthier than what I had expected. It was also the toughest of the three sections,” said Mahima Gupta, an aspirant.
IIT-JEE is held in two parts. Part I comprised only objective multiple-choice questions worth 210 marks. Last year, the first part had subjective comprehension-type questions as well.
“Students who had studied the school curriculum thoroughly would not have faced any problems. The examination was based more on logic than calculations. There were lots of questions on topics such as biomolecules and chemistry in everyday life, which students tend to ignore,” said a teacher at the Bansal Tutorials — a coaching institute.
On the whole, students appeared content with their performances.
“I did much better than I had expected. Most of the paper was was based on NCERT books. Others were from the IIT JEE syllabus. All in all, the first section was easier than the second,” said Raashi Malhotra, who appeared for the test at Noida.
For the first time, those taking the test had to mark their answers with a pen. At the end of the exam, they could also take a copy of their answer sheets home.
More than 5.6 lakh aspirants appeared in the examination, a steep jump from the 4.6 lakh candidates who appeared last year. The number of girls also went up to 30% this year as compared to 12 % last year.