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CBSE gives bonus marks for erroneous questions

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 03, 2014
First Published: 23:39 IST(3/5/2014) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(4/5/2014)

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to give bonus marks to all students on ‘erroneous’ questions in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE mains). Students who took the exam offline, will get four marks each for a Chemistry question — unit of gas constant was not what it should have been — and students who appeared for it online on April 19 will get four marks each for three questions — one of Physics and two of Chemistry.

CBSE had uploaded answers to both the offline and online exams on April 28 and students were allowed to challenge them by paying Rs. 1,000 per question.  More than 1,100 students had challenged the answers.

A team of experts had reviewed the questions for three days and agreed four questions had errors.

"We were expecting the Physics questions that we had challenged would not be taken up. In case of the Chemistry question, for which the bonus marks have been given, it is evident that the units were wrong," says RL Trikha, director FIIT JEE.

Pramod Maheshwari, director Career Point, Kota agrees, "It is very unfortunate that the Physics questions that we had challenged for the offline exam have been rejected."

However, an IIT professor said such kind of errors are human and can happen when the papers were being set on such a large scale.

"There should not be any mistake, but sometimes errors do happen."

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