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JEE (Advanced) 2013 stumps students

Change in negative marking scheme was the surprise element for many candidates, say experts.

education Updated: Jun 04, 2013 15:43 IST
HT Education Correspondent

The first-ever Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2013, that was meant for the top 1.5 lakh students who cracked JEE (Main) 2013, was held on June 2, 2013. There was no negative marking in questions with single correct answers in some parts. Questions with multiple options had negative marking, that was a surprise.

Paper 1
This paper comprised 60 questions and students were marked on a total of 180 marks. Here is a section-wise analysis.

Physics: There were a few tricky questions in this section. “Out of 20 questions, three were very easy, two were difficult and the remaining were average. The average score would be around 35 out of 60,” says Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services Ltd.

Chemistry: Some questions in this section were very tricky and required indepth knowledge of the subject. Out of 20 questions, four were easy, 10 were average and six were very difficult. The average score would be around 30 out of 60.

Mathematics: This is a crucial section. “It was relatively tough as compared to physics and chemistry. There were around 10 tricky questions in this section. Most of them required more than the expected time for finding the accurate answer. The paper was relatively lengthy. There was equal weightage given to Class 11 and Class 12 syllabi. The average score in this section should be around 24 out of 60,” Chaudhry adds.

Paper 2 also had 60 questions. “There was a mix of eight multiple choice single correct answer and multiple correct answers in each section. This was a little taxing for students since they had to be extra careful while marking the answers. Overall, Paper 2 was easier than Paper 1. The cut-offs are expected to be lower than previous years,” says RL Trikha, director, FIITJEE.

According to Chaudhry, “Unlike Paper 1, physics and chemistry sections were tough. In fact, Paper 2 had a few surprises in terms of the pattern of the questions asked. The first section in each of the subjects had eight questions with multiple answers. This change in pattern made the paper lengthier, since it required more time to solve questions with more than one correct answer. The paper also introduced ‘match the column’ type questions for the first time. There were more questions on comprehension as compared to previous years’ papers.”

Physics: “Paper 2 was lengthy and difficult as compared to Paper 1. Overall, the level of questions in this section was not difficult, but students found the language of questions quite difficult. The average score in this part would be around 24,” says Chaudhry.

Chemistry: It was more difficult than Paper 1. Many of the problems were based on reaction mechanisms. Some of the questions from inorganic chemistry were tough. Out of 20 questions, six were easy, six questions were moderately tough and the remaining eight were difficult. The cut-off for this paper is expected to be around 24 marks.

Mathematics: This section was easy but lengthy. “Nine questions were from Class 11 syllabus and 11 questions were from Class 12 syllabus. The cut-off marks can be expected to be around 25 out of 60,” Chaudhry adds.