The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to cancel seven marks worth of questions in this year’s Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) on account of errors. The answer solutions to the two JEE papers for the exam held on April 8 were uploaded online on Thursday.
JEE determines entry to around 10,000 seats at the IITs. This year around five lakh candidates appeared for the JEE, with 76,600-odd candidates appearing from the IIT-Bombay zone.
“Two questions stand cancelled,” said AV Mahajan, JEE chairperson at IIT-Bombay. This year IIT-Delhi was in charge of organising the JEE. The decision to nullify the two questions was taken after a meeting between institute officials.
Both cancelled questions are from paper two. While one is a chemistry question, the other is a mathematics question. The total quantum of marks has as a result come down from 408 marks to 401 marks.
“Institutes like the IITs shouldn’t be making such errors,” said Praveen Tyagi, managing director of coaching class IIT-ian’s Pace. “Students work for years to get into the IITs and for them to commit such a mistake could cost a student a seat.”
Last year the JEE had 36 marks worth of errors, which the IITs later compensated students for in some measure.
Candidates will also, for the second time this year, be able to see their Optical Response Sheets online from Saturday until May 10. If candidates feel there has been any error in computing their score, they can apply with their complaints through the website until May 10. JEE results will be announced on May 18.
Last year the IITs decided to make answer sheets available to students online in a bid for greater transparency and to give students a chance to air their complaints.