Over 2.5 lakh students across the country on Sunday appeared in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to the prestigious IITs with the tests passing off smoothly.
Adequate arrangements were made in the Delhi zone, which consists of the National Capital Region, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, for conducting the test, IIT-Delhi Director Surendra Prasad told PTI.
"There are 48,000 candidates in the Delhi zone, including 33,000 in the NCR. In this zone, we set up 104 centres, including 74 in the capital," he said.
Many students said they were satisfied with their performance.
"The questions were slightly easy. The students were very happy over their performance," said Sharad Awasti of Career Launcher, an institute that coaches students for the test.
Awasti said most students could answer the test in time.
The test comprised two papers of 200 marks each. To ease the exam blues for students, the pattern of the IIT-JEE was changed this year with only two papers in place of three. Each paper consisted of questions in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
Earlier, students appeared for three papers, one each dealing with physics, chemistry and mathematics. The papers earlier were of two hour's duration.
The questions are of objective type and there is negative marking for incorrect answers, Prasad said.
There are over 4,000 seats in the IITs, which were supposed to increase seats to implement a 27 per cent quota for OBCs, which has been put on hold by the Supreme Court's stay.