A printing error in the answer sheet was a source of confusion for candidates appearing for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) on Sunday.
Students were worked up initially when they noticed a mistake in the order of printing of the subject heads.
“The corresponding question numbers for physics on the answer sheet were under the mathematics section and those for maths were under the physics section. I couldn’t figure this out initially and was a little worked up,” said Deepak Goyal (17), a candidate at the Modern School centre on Barakhamba Road.
The answer sheets for JEE are in the form of Optical Reader Sheets (ORS).
In ORS sheets, students choose their correct option by darkening circles.
The confusion was, however, sorted out in about five to ten minutes into the examination once candidates were asked to ignore the subject heads and attempt questions as per their serial number.
This problem wasn’t confined to centres in Delhi alone, but was faced by candidates across the country.
IIT Madras, which is in charge of organising the examination this year, acknowledged the error.
“The error was recognised immediately and the confusion was cleared. It wasn’t such a big deal as the questions had their correct serial. number on the answer sheet and students were asked to just concentrate on that,” said T.S. Natarajan, Organising Chairman.
A statement issued by IIT Madras also pointed out another mistake in the paper.
A question was missing from one out of the ten versions of paper I in Hindi.
“In one of the 10-codes (namely, Code 4) of Hindi version of Paper-1, Question 44 was not printed,” the statement informed.
“The students and parents are assured that appropriate corrective action would be taken during evaluation
of the papers,” the statement added.
This year, close to 4.72 lakh candidates across the country are competing for 10,000 seats at the B-Tech level at 15 IITs, Indian School of Mines (Dhanbad) and IT-BHU (Banaras Hindu University).
The results for the examination will be announced on May 26.