The exam-conducting body for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) has so far denied all claims of errors. This was the first time that students appeared for the JEE, which replaced the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE).
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting the JEE-Main this year. "As far as we are concerned, we have not come across any errors," said Vineet Joshi, chairperson of the board. "Our experts will look into it and if there is anything, we will take care of it. But as of now there is nothing."
According to experts, Sunday's JEE-main paper contained errors which can cost a student up to eight to 20 marks, experts have claimed.
This is the first-level test for entry into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology and other centrally-funded institutes for engineering aspirants.
Sunday's engineering paper was held in the paper-pen format and nine lakh students appeared for it. One lakh students sat for the architecture paper. Students will be also appearing for the computer-based JEE-Main later this month.
"It was not a great experience for students," said Praveen Tyagi, director, IIT-ian's Pace, who estimated about 20 marks worth of errors. "If there are errors in the online exam, then how will you even know?"
"Students could get confused and it could affect the rest of the paper," said Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services Limited, who estimated 12 marks worth of errors.
The candidates in the top 1.5 lakh on the JEE-Main merit list will be eligible for the next stage - the JEE-Advanced.
(with inputs from Aakriti Vasudeva)