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‘Easy, with some tricky questions’

Sunday’s JEE (Main) paper 1 had one chemistry question with no incorrect option, while the physics portion took up a lot of time, say experts.

education Updated: Apr 10, 2013 11:54 IST
HT Education Correspondent

One chemistry question had no incorrect option, while another had not been covered in the NCERT book, in the JEE (Main) 2013, conducted in the offline mode on April 7, 2013, across 81 cities. More than 10 lakh students reportedly took the test. Only the top 1.5 lakh students will be eligible for the advanced exam. Experts say that this year’s paper 1 was easy but had “some tricky questions.”

‘Expect a high cut-off’
Overall, the paper was balanced and checked a student for his knowledge as well as problem-solving abilities. The paper was easier than last year’s AIEEE and was primarily based on the NCERT textbooks, say experts.

According to RL Trikha, HOD (distance education) and director, FIITJEE, “The question paper pattern was same as AIEEE 2011 and 2012 with 30 questions each in physics, chemistry and mathematics. This means that the cut-off is expected to go higher as the paper was easy.”

Paper composition
“As far as physics is concerned, the questions were distributed over the entire syllabus barring a few topics such as laws of motion, which did not have a single question. Out of 30 questions, 14 were easy, 10 were neither difficult nor easy and six were difficult. The expected cut-off for physics is 50 out of 120, for a student to be able to qualify with the top 1.5 lakh students,” says Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services Ltd.

TK Bansal, CEO, Bansal Tutorials, however, feels that the physics portion was tricky and time consuming. “Students who revised the NCERT book really well were able to complete the paper within the stipulated time period, some even 30 minutes before time. Topics like SHM, wave optics and fluid mechanics were over-emphasised,” he says.

As far as the chemistry portion is concerned, Code P had 12 easy, 10 moderate and eight difficult questions. “The cut-off should be 48 marks out of 120 marks. Most of the questions were based on the theory given in the NCERT textbook. However, in Code P, the questions 38, 44, 48 and 59 did not have the required theory in the NCERT textbook. Question 32 had two correct options as it was given in the NCERT book. In question 38, instead of the root mean square speed, the mean square speed was mentioned. The question in its present form cannot be solved. Question 44 has, apparently, all the four options correct. Question 59 was based on the Bhopal gas tragedy, for which nothing is given in the NCERT book,” Chaudhry adds.

The mathematics section was also well-balanced. Ten, eight and five questions were asked from algebra, calculus and co-ordinate geometry, respectively. “Nearly 60% questions were easy. The assertion-reasoning questions were good enough to confuse any student and will definitely play a major role in deciding the ranks,” says Chaudhry.

“Students with a good grip over topics like calculus, matrices and determinants could do the paper easily,” Bansal adds.