For the second year in a row, the questions in the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) on May 24 for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) were ambiguous, students have said.
Students complained after finding errors in the answer key to the test, which were released on Monday. Errors were found in two questions under the physics section, worth nine marks, which has students worried as the questions carried more than one correct answer in the options.
The first error was found in physics question number 12. Students said that the answer key had two correct answers in the options. “In two questions, there are various ways to arrive at two different answers. Fearing negative marking, I did not attempt the question and now the answer key has said two answers are correct. This is unfair,” said Kalpesh Bhatia, an IIT aspirant. Moreover, the answer key states that four marks will be awarded only if all correct options are chosen; zero marks if none are chosen, and a negative marking in all other cases.The second error was spotted in question number 19 where again two correct answers were provided as options; this could mean negative marking for either of the correct answers.
“No student will have chosen two options in a multiple question based format, which means, those who have attempted the question are bound to get minus 2,” a professor at IITian’s Pace coaching class said.
This year, IIT Bombay conducted the exam and the pattern of the test was changed unexpectedly. A new negative marking scheme, under which two negative marks would be awarded for every wrong answer, took students by surprise.
IIT Bombay officials admitted there was ‘ambiguity’ in the paper. “We have called for feedback from students where they can register their grievances. The complaints will be evaluated, after which the body can decide on the course of action,” said the official.
Students will be allowed to challenge the answer key till 5pm on June 11.