The first level of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), for admission to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and other engineering institutes, held on Sunday was tougher compared to last year, say experts.
Experts said that the cut-off is expected to rise due to ambiguities in certain questions.
The cut-offs for Common Merit List (CML) in 2013, 2014, 2015 were 113,115 and 105 respectively.
“Few questions in the chemistry paper were ambiguous,” said Ramesh Batlish, who teaches at a coaching institute.
About 12 lakh students appeared for the examination at over 2,000 centres in 129 cities in India and abroad.
Students said that Paper 1, which had questions from physics, chemistry and mathematics, was from within the syllabus but few were difficult to solve. Paper 2, that tested students in mathematics, aptitude and drawing, was easier.
The exam conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was written. The online exam is scheduled for April 8 and 9.
“Few questions in physics were tricky and challenging. Compared to last year this section was a shade tougher,” said RL Trikha, director FIITJEE. He said the same was the case with chemistry and mathematics.
“Few questions of mathematics were also lengthy,” he said.
Disha Sharma, who appeared for the examination, also said the physics section was difficult.
“The chemistry paper was easy. Mathematics section was a little tricky. I had difficulty in solving few physics questions,” said Sharma.
Engineering institutes that accept the applicants of JEE (Main) admission, include National Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Information Technology.
A total of 67 such institutes had participated in the joint seat allocation procedure conducted by JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) for 2015-2016.
The top 1.5 lakh candidates of the JEE (Main) exam are eligible to take the JEE (Advanced) for admission to IITs and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
JEE (Advanced) is scheduled for May 23.