Less than 50% out of the 1.86 lakh registered students took the online JEE (Main) paper on Friday, the first day of the exam. The online exam is being conducted across 265 centres on April 10 and 11.
The exam, conducted by the Central board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was held offline as well on April 4, which saw close to 11 lakh students taking the test. JEE-Main is held for admission to centrally-funded engineering institutions such as National Institute of Technology (NITs) and for admission to engineering colleges in some states including Maharashtra.
According to GT Thampi, principal of Thadomal Sahani College of Engineering, fewer students prefer to take the online test due to fear of technical glitches and feel safer using the pen and paper method.
CBSE officials however said that no technical glitches were reported to them on Friday, though a few centres had to face power cuts during the exam.
Anish More, a Thane resident who took the exam at NBC park centre said that there were power cuts twice during the exam but the servers did not crash.
“The exam was pretty smooth but in between they made us sign several forms which took up some time. Also, the online paper was lengthier compared to the offline” he said.
Academicians also said that the paper was moderately difficult, much like the offline paper. "Overall the paper was of medium difficulty level. Out of the three subjects, Chemistry was relatively easy, compared to Physics and Maths. There was no ambiguity found in any of the questions,” said Aakash Chaudhary, director of AESPL, a coaching institute. The cut off score is expected to be between 120 and 125 he added.
The top 1.5 lakh scorers of the JEE (Main), will be eligible to appear for the next leg of the exam –JEE Advanced – for admission to the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).