JEE (Advanced) 2016 Paper 1
This year’s JEE (Advanced) Paper-1 was similar to those prior to 2015 – it contained single answer correct type multiple choice questions (MCQs), multiple answer correct type MCQs and integer answer type MCQs.
There were two key changes though.
Firstly, partial marking for multiple answer correct type MCQs was reintroduced. Secondly, the paper was more logical than calculative.
In Chemistry, the overall difficulty level was moderate. There were at least four tough questions that could be easily misinterpreted. There were five questions from organic Chemistry, six from inorganic and seven from physical Chemistry.
Given the difficulty level of the paper, scoring 80% would be a task.
In Mathematics, the paper was as tough as per the usual JEE standard. There were about five questions with lengthy solutions. Scoring in this paper will also be difficult.
The Physics paper was the easiest in comparison. All questions were standard and had clarity, reducing chances of students misunderstanding or struggling with the paper.
The average score is expected to be between 40% and 60%.
JEE (Advanced) Paper 2
The format of the JEE (Advanced) 2016 Paper-2 drastically differed from the previous years. There were more single option correct questions as compared to last year. The matrix match questions were also missing. Paragraph-based questions were given single correct options whereas in previous year, they were given multiple correct options.
The Chemistry paper was moderately difficult. At least four questions were difficult for students to analyse.
There were five questions under inorganic Chemistry, seven under organic and six from physical Chemistry. Scoring 85% in this paper will be tough.
In Mathematics, Paper-2 was comparatively easier than Paper-1. Overall, the examination was balanced.
There were no tricky questions. A large portion of the paper was from calculus and co-ordinate geometry. There were more question from 12th standard than 11th.
Unlike the JEE Paper 1, the Physics section was the most difficult of the three sciences. It contained two tricky questions that were hard to comprehend. The mechanics portion was also quite tough to answer. The average score is expected to be around 33%.
For an average student, the test would have been difficult to handle.
(The author of this article is Director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd. The views expressed here are personal.)