Students walked out of centres conducting the entrance exam to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-JEE) smiling apart from a niggling doubt of a 4-marks question in the mathematics section. The IITs have estimated a 97% turnout for the paper.
The IIT-JEE, one of the most competitive exams in the world, was held on Sunday across 131 cities in 1,051 centres in the country. For the first time, JEE has announced that scanned images of the optical response sheets (ORS) with candidates details and their responses will be displayed on the JEE website after May 25. Solutions will be displayed on the website on May 15.
“There is a technical error in the mathematics section of paper 1,” said Ajay Antony from T.I.M.E institute, a coaching class. “The rest of the exam was quite simple. Chemistry was tougher in paper 2.”
But the IITs said there was no error in the paper. “We have looked through the paper and the response from candidates has been very good. This year, the paper not as lengthy as compared to last year,” said Sounak Choudhury, JEE chairman of IIT-Kanpur, the organising institute.
Students were happy that the paper was not too lengthy. “Last year, the both papers had more than 80 questions, but this year they were less than 70 questions making the paper more student friendly,” said Nilesh Kulkarni, 17, an aspirant from Ghatkopar.
At Kota, the JEE coaching hub of the country, students are rejoicing. “In all the JEE papers I have seen over the years, this is the easiest I have seen. We train our students for a far tougher level of the test,” said BV Rao from Rao IIT Academy from Kota.