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A look at the popular entrance examinations: IIT-JEE, AIEEE & BITSAT Ajay Antony reports

education Updated: Jan 27, 2010 12:38 IST
Ajay Antony

In the hugely popular book titled Five Point Someone, authored by Chetan Bhagat (which has inspired the equally popular movie 3 Idiots), one of the main characters passes a comment in desperation “Fifty per cent of the trees in the world are cut down for creating pulp to make study material for IIT-JEE”.
While this is certainly an exaggeration, there is no denying the fact that there are a huge number of pages a candidate has to turn in a number of books to prepare for the exams... And the time to start doing so is right now.

So, let’s take a look at the three most popular entrance examinations — the IIT-JEE, AIEEE and BITSAT.

Lakhs of students across India will appear for various competitive entrance examinations in the month of April, May and June 2010. April 11 will mean the litmus test for over 4.5 lakh students who have applied for the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the IITs for entry into various undergraduate courses of study in the 15 IITs, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Indian School of Mines-Dhanbad, five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, Management Education & Research Institute and the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology. While an all-India rank (AIR) in IIT-JEE is required to qualify for admission in the first three institutes, a place in the extended merit list is required to qualify for admission in the last three institutes.

The IIT-JEE 2010 will consist of two papers of three hours duration. Each paper will consist of sections in physics, chemistry and mathematics. With a total testing time of six hours, this is clearly the longest engineering entrance examination. Over the last three years the IIT-JEE has put forth objective type questions in the following six different formats.
. Straight objective type.
. Multiple correct answer type.
. Linked comprehensive type.
. Matrix match type.
. Assertion reasoning type.
. Integer answer type.

In 2009, five of the above patterns were part of the question papers. There were 39 questions in each subject, ie physics, chemistry and mathematics. The total marks were 480. For a student in the general category, the qualifying marks required for securing an AIR in 2009 was 178 — just a little over 37 per cent of the total marks. The candidate would also be required to score above the cut-off mark in each subject. The cut-off marks in the three subjects were less than 10 per cent of the total marks in the respective subjects. The aggregate merit list cut-off for extended merit list for candidates belonging to the General Category was 56.

The AIEEE 2009 tested students with a total of 432 marks. The AIEEE has been following a three-hour testing pattern since its inception in 2002. The number of questions, the pattern and the total marks has been varying though. The 2009 AIEEE paper consisted of 30 questions each in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
The aggregate cut-off a candidate belonging to the General Category required to qualify for an AIR in AIEEE 2009 was 100 out of the maximum possible 432.

The iconic Delhi College of Engineering has been accorded the university status and is henceforth know as The Delhi Technological University or DTU. DTU will consider AIEEE as its admission test from 2010 and will conduct its own counselling for Delhi and non-Delhi seats based on the AIRs of candidates in AIEEE.

BITSAT 2010 is the admission test to select students for the undergraduate programmes in the three campuses at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. It is an online examination conducted over a one-month period from May 10, 2010 to June 10. Depending on the score in BITSAT, counselling is done for admission into the various branches on the three campuses. In 2008, the lowest cutoff for any course in any of the three campuses was 263 out of the maximum possible score of 450.

The author is the course director, IIT-JEE Training
T.I.M.E. Institute (T.I.M.E. Pvt Ltd)