Results for the Joint Entrance Examination-Mains (JEE-Mains) held earlier this month was announced on Thursday. While most students were happy with their scores, almost everyone was disappointed that for the fourth year in a row, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) did not answer questions raised by students about the test.
“Every year the board invites challenges by students against their marking pattern or the answer key, but eventually does nothing about it. This year, almost everyone had raised doubts towards two-three questions but the board has refused to respond to it,” said Roshan Sarma, a resident of Chembur. Sarma scored 292 in his JEE-Mains exam and had challenged three questions, each carrying 4 marks — two from the Chemistry section and one from the Physics section.
Last week, JEE had released scanned images of students’ optical mark recognition (OMR) answer sheets with their recorded responses and the answer key and invited challenges from students. Students had to pay Rs1,000 for every question that they challenged. “Each question holds four marks and three questions with discrepancies means 12 marks was on stake and the board has refused to accept any challenges. Each and every mark determines the rank of a student and most are feeling dejected with this decision,” said Vinay Kumar, MD and CEO of Rao Academy, a coaching institute.
Of the11.86 lakh students who had registered for the exam this year, 9.56 lakh appeared for the offline exam on April 2 and 1.65 lakh students appeared for the online test held on April 8 and 9. For the first time, a student form Udaipur, Kalpit Veerwal, scored full marks in the JEE-Mains test and bagged the all India rank 1. Nashik’s Vrunda Rathi (17) with 321 marks has been declared as the all India topper in the girls’ category. Her overall all India rank is 71.
For most students now, there’s only so much time to celebrate as the top 2.2 lakh candidates of the 11.22 lakh who appeared for JEE-Mains this year will appear for the JEE-Advanced exam to be conducted on May 21. “I’ve scored 310 and bagged the all India rank 197, so this means I will be eligible to take JEE-Advance. My aim is to improve my score in the next exam so that I get a seat in IIT-Bombay,” said Anuj Diwan (17), from Mumbai.