With more than a million students across the country appearing for IIT-JEE Mains on Sunday, experts have asked candidates to expect the test pattern to be similar to last year. Of the total 12.07 lakh candidates who will appear for the examination this year, approximately 10.4 lakh students will give the offline paper to be held on Sunday while the rest will appear for the paper online on April 9 and 10.
CBSE conducts the main paper and like last year, the paper pattern is expected to remain the same this year as well. “Looking at the previous year trends, there is generally one question from each of the chapters in physics, chemistry and mathematics. So, selective study is not advisable. Given the weightage, in mathematics candidates can expect more questions from calculus and algebra,” said Ramesh Batlish, an expert from FIITJEE. He also added that in physics, candidates can expect more questions from mechanics and electromagnetism. “In chemistry, there could be more questions from physical and organic chemistry.”
This year, the number of candidates appearing for IIT-JEE Mains has dipped compared to last year when 13.04 lakh candidates appeared for the paper. In Maharashtra, the figure has dipped from 2.46 lakh to 1.63 lakh this year. Experts have attributed the drop in aspirants from the state to the general fall in number of registrations across the country. “Maharashtra was a participating institute in JEE Mains till higher and technical education minister, Vinod Tawde decided to withdraw from the test this year. The state’s decision of holding its own common entrance test (MHT-CET) for engineering admissions this year may be one of the important reasons for the drop,” said an official.
The final scores that determine the admission cut-off is a 60:40 combination of JEE Main scores along with the marks of class XII after ‘normalising’ it to remove discrepancies that could be caused by different standards of marking in various education boards.
A total of 67 institutes (31 NITs, 18 IIITs and 18 GFTIs) participated in the joint seat allocation procedure conducted by JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) for the academic year of 2015-2016. “Since CBSE has set the paper, we are hoping it’ll be student friendly as the board is known to be student-friendly. Stressing students further with a paper that’s beyond the understanding of the candidates will be unfair to those who have been preparing for this paper for the past two years,” said Pravin Tyagi, from IIT-iansPace, a coaching institute.