With just a day to go for the results of the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Joint Entrance Examination (Main) to be declared, students are feeling the pressure.
The multiple “errors” pointed out by academicians in the JEE-Main answer key that was released on April 21 last week has the aspirants as well as their families all the more worried.
While the CBSE had admitted to multiple answers to two questions in the physics section, candidates claimed to have found several other errors, including some incorrect answers, dual answers and questions framed incorrectly.
Nitin Gupta, a resident of Chandigarh, told HT, “I am very nervous and I don’t even know if I’ll clear the cut off or not since there were so many errors in the answersheet. I am not even able to focus on my preparation for the advanced exam.”
Keeping his fingers crossed, Arjun Khullar, a Shimla resident, who appeared for the main exam in Chandigarh, said, “Since the paper was lengthy, my confidence dropped and I am feeling quite anxious ahead of the results.”
While many demanded bonus marks for two “doubtful questions” in the offline paper, Radhika Singh, who took JEE Main 2016 Computer Based Test (CBT) exam on April 10, said awarding bonus marks to offline candidates would be injustice to CBT examinees.
“If 8 bonus marks are awarded to candidates of JEE offline paper for two dubious questions, irrespective of their attempt, many undeserving offline candidates would gain over CBT candidates,” she said eagerly awaiting the result.
“It was my first JEE attempt and I prepared for it for two years. So I am keeping my fingers crossed. If I clear it, then I will opt for computer science engineering,” said Manmohan Preet Singh, a Moga resident.
In Ludhiana, Ayush Sharma is praying hard for a favourable result. “I want to attend IIT Bombay. While I am confident of cracking the exam, I am hoping for a good rank.”
Holding her breath, Asees Sidhu in Ludhiana said, “I am very nervous, confused and could not sleep last night. If I manage to secure a good rank, I would opt for computer science. I have worked very hard, and now that the D-Day is approaching, I am very jittery.”
Arpit Jain, however, is feeling confident. “My attempt at the exam was very good, so I am not scared. My first choice would be IIT Kanpur and I want to do research in material science.”
Leaving matters to fate, Muskaan Mehra said, “I have given my very best in the exam, now it is all destiny. I have not decided which field to opt for, but it is my dream to attend an IIT for higher studies.”
(Inputs from Aneesha Bedi and Avtar Singh)