Students were taken by surprise after they discovered the Joint Entrance Examination, Advanced (JEE Advanced) held on Sunday, consisted of negative marking for wrong questions for both paper 1 and 2.
Last year, the exam did not have negative marking for either.
Students who cleared the Joint Entrance Examination, Main (JEE Main) exam are eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. This year, around 1.2 lakh students attempted the exam.
Several students found the physics section of the exam to be the toughest while some have raised concerns over a question in the maths section of paper 2.
“There was one question on vectors which was very ambiguous. I hope we get marks for attempting it as it had no right answer,” said a student who appeared for the exam in Thane.
JEE Advanced organisers from IIT Bombay said that they have not received any complaints about wrong or ambiguous questions.
But according to coaching institutes, the papers were very lengthy and much more difficult than the previous years.
“The exam was also lengthy. Very high scores are not expected and cut off for IITs may drop by at least 10 marks,” said Praveen Tyagi, managing director, IITian Pace, an IIT coaching institute.
This year, the chemistry paper was a bit different compared to last year as there were options for matrix match questions, said another student.
Aspirants also raised concerns over the high weightage of Class 12 syllabus in the paper as more than 70% of the maths section was based on it, not the JEE syllabus.
A student from Pune said that despite asking authorities to issue corrections to his hall ticket, they were not made. “I was asked to explain the discrepancies in my hall ticket during the exam,”he said.
Owing to lengthy papers, some students did not manage to complete their papers. “The physics section took me a long time to solve as the questions were quite tricky. As there was negative marking, I was very meticulous in solving the paper and I ran out of time,” said Kalpesh Joshi, a student of Ruia’s junior college.