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‘Cleared JEE Main, failed Bihar Class 12 exam’: Row brews for tainted board

The Class 12 examination conducted by the Bihar School Education Board (BSEB) was in the news last year after a huge scam in the conduct of the examination and evaluation of answer sheets was unearthed.

education Updated: Jun 01, 2017 16:48 IST
Policemen try to control  students protesting poor results in Bihar board exams in Patna.
Policemen try to control students protesting poor results in Bihar board exams in Patna. (Abhishek Kumar/HT Photo)

Cracking the joint entrance examination (JEE Main) for admission to the country’s premier engineering has proved to be far easier than passing Bihar’s tainted Class 12 examinations for several students.

Vivek Kumar cleared the JEE Main this year, scoring 109 out of 360 under the reserved category. The cut off under the category was 49 and that allowed Kumar to take the JEE(Advanced) examination on May 29 for a seat in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

His joy was short-lived, however, as Kumar failed to clear the Bihar Class 12 board examination. He got 12 out of 60 in Physics (theory) and just 17 out of 60 in Chemistry (theory) – two key subjects in the IIT entrance test.

But Kumar is not the only one to have been tripped by the Bihar board. Shubam Sharma also qualified for the JEE (Main) with a rank of 78,000 in the reserved category, but has failed the Class 12 examination, securing just six out of 60 in Physics.

“I had done well and I am not sure how they failed me in Physics,” said Kumar. His anger was shared by Ompriya, a student from Jamui. He has cleared the entrance test for admission into a top-notch marine engineering college, but has failed the Bihar examination, securing 34 marks out of 100 in Chemistry.

JEE entrance tests are considered to be one of the toughest in the country with an acceptance rate of around 1%. Only one out of five students taking the JEE(Main) qualifies for the next stage.

Eyebrows have been raised after many successful JEE candidates failed the Bihar board examination this year.

The Class 12 examination conducted by the Bihar School Education Board (BSEB) was in the news last year after a huge scam in the conduct of the examination and evaluation of answer sheets was unearthed.

Several people including Ruby Rai, the topper in the Arts stream, were arrested after it was found that the merit list had been fudged. Rai during a subsequent investigation pronounced the subject of political science as ‘prodigal science’ and claimed it was related to cooking.

The scam led to a countrywide furore, prompting the state government to introduce several corrective measures such as bar coding of answer sheets to prevent manipulation.

The results for this year announced earlier this week shocked many. Compared to the overall pass percentage of 62.19 last year, only 35.25% passed this year.

Students who have cleared the JEE(Main) are particularly agitated and have been protesting in front of the BSEB office.

Aware that the Bihar board lacks credibility, chief minister Nitish Kumar promised to get the answer sheets of the students re-evaluated. BSEB chairman Anand Kishore said the copies would be checked again during ‘scrutiny’. Students have to apply for scrutiny between June 3 and 12.