The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016 results are out and students from West Bengal have once again performed poorly in the race to get into the IITs despite the revamped higher secondary (HS) syllabus.
This year over 20,000 students from the state appeared for Advanced and only 3,500 could clear it.
While the number of students who qualified for the exam is good compared to the number that appeared but what has become a cause of distress is that only 3,500 from Bengal could find place among the total 36,566 candidates who cleared the Advanced exam from all over the country.
“As per the data available, like the past few years this year too Bengal had put up a poor show this year too. The change in syllabus and question pattern of HS had had no effect in this year’s intake. We hope that the scenario will change as compared to other states,” Adrijit Goswami, chairperson of JEE (Advance) for IIT Kharagpur region, said.
IIT Kharagpur region includes Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar, Jamshedpur and Chhattisgarh.
A student from Vizag has topped the IIT Kharagpur region and only one student from the state has made it to the top 100 list. Tamoghna Ghosh, a student of South Point High School, has secured an All India Rank 93.
The state has only five students among the top 500.
“The syllabus of the state board might not be the culprit. It has already been updated. Cracking an all India competitive exam to get into the IITs is no doubt a very tough one. Maybe the students here are not that industrious or they do not want to get into the IITs. Or maybe they do not get proper guidance for cracking such competitive exam,” Goswami said explaining what might have gone wrong for the students of the state.
The exam was organised by IIT Guwahati along with the Joint Admission Board 2016 across hundreds of centres in the country for admissions to engineering courses.
The JEE-Advanced 2016 was conducted in two parts: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 and 2 both comprised of 54 questions each — 18 from each subject — and were worth 186 marks. Each subject carried 124 marks, and the total marks the exam was 372.
Aman Bansal of Jaipur topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016. Bhavesh Dhingra of Yamuna Nagar grabbed the second rank while Kunal Goyal from Jaipur stood third. Kota’s Riya Singh was the topper among girls with an All India Rank (AIR) of 133.
The performance of a candidate in Advanced will form the basis for admission to the Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs (entry at the 10+2 level) in all the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Technologies (NITs) and the Indian School of Mines (ISM).