The Joint Entrance Examination (Main)-2015 conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) kicked off with an offline test at various centres across the country on Saturday.
JEE (Main)-2015, an all-India engineering entrance exam, is held for admission to Centrally-funded institutions such as National Institute of Technology (NIT) and others. It is also the first screening test for the IITs. The online exams will be held on April 10 and 11. The second leg of the exam - JEE Advanced - will be held on May 24.
The students said while the physics paper was tough and the maths paper had some errors.
“The mathematics paper was lengthy with couple of errors. Some questions in the physics paper were deceptive. But it has been a balanced exam compared to last year,” said Nitin Sethi, an aspirant.
Yash Karnik, another aspirant, said, “It was an easy exam compared to last year. Though there were few problems in physics paper, I expect to score well.”
Experts said though there were problems with the physics paper, the cut-off will still be on the higher side. Kawal Gupta, manager, IIT-ians Pace, said, “For physics, the level of information given in some questions was insufficient. The difficulty of the questions was more due to the ambiguity.”
RL Trikha, director, FITJEE said cut-offs are expected to be higher this year. “Compared to last year, few questions in physics were tricky. However, for a student who has been preparing well for the exams, the paper must have been easy. So the cut-off is likely to be higher,” he said.
Last month Vinod Tawde, state higher education minister, has said Maharashtra will not take part in the national level joint entrance exam (JEE) for engineering admissions from 2016, and instead use the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET), as it did till 2013.
Beeline for offline test:
13.35 lakh: No of students who registered for JEE (Main)-2015
13.56 lakh: No of students who registered last year
1.72 lakh: No of students who registered online exam last year
11.85 lakh: No of students who registered offline exam last year
1.5 lakh: No of candidates who will be shortlisted for JEE Advanced