A large number of class XII students from the city who sat for the Joint Engineering Exam (JEE) main have been a worried lot since the exam’s results were declared on Tuesday. Many students claimed they scored up to 25-30 marks less than what they had expected.
After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results, many students were shocked to see their low scores.
“I’ve been studying for this exam for two years. According to the solutions given by various coaching institutes and those available online, I had calculated my score to be around 260 out of 360. This was after omitting the debatable questions. But I was dismayed to see that I had scored only 234,” said Akshit Gupta, a student of DPS Dwarka.
Students said such confusions have arisen as the CBSE has not released a model answer key for either the pen-paper or the online exams.
A difference of even a few marks in JEE Main, conducted to admit students into National Institutes of Technology (NIT) or Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT), is important as the more they score, the higher their rank on the merit list and the better the chance of getting into a college as well as getting the subject of their choice. Also, for students aiming for IITs, only the top 1.5 lakh scorers in JEE main are eligible to apply for JEE advanced. The last date for registering for that exam is May 13.
Similar complaints of incorrect assessment have been registered by students from all over the country, with a much larger difference between expected and received scores. Students said calls and emails to the CBSE have been ignored.
CBSE officials were supposed to decide on making available the answer keys on Thursday. But till late on Friday, no such key was uploaded on the board website. The agency chairperson, Vineet Joshi, also did not respond to repeated calls.