With more than a million students across the country having appeared for the IIT-JEE Mains, over 10 lakh candidates appeared for the offline exam on Sunday.
For most students appearing at the Chandigarh centre - Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27 - the exam was a relatively easy barring the physics section which they called “tough” and slightly lengthy.
Prechur Jya, from Delhi Public School, Chandigarh, said the paper was easy to attempt except for the physics section which was “tricky”.
“I felt it was slightly lengthy. Physics focused more on the NCERT part but the Maths section was fine. I didn’t get much time for revision.”
On the other hand, Mehar Gupta from Ludhiana said she could not complete the paper finding it rather lengthy. Most of the students, however, appeared to be at peace with the chemisty section.
For Sumiti Patel from Patiala, who was giving the paper for the second time, the paper was a slight disappointment. She, too, found the physics section relatively tough. “But, as compared to last year, I feel it was alright,” she added.
It may be pertinent to mention that while Chandigarh was not a centre last year for the exam, it came as a big relief to students from neighbouring towns like Patiala, Ambala and Ludhiana, who felt coming to Chandigarh for the exam was easier than going all the way to Kurukshetra in Haryana.
While the exam for the engineering aspirants was held from 9:30 to 12:30, another exam for architecture students was held from 2 to 5pm.
The administration and the examination conducting body was said to be cooperative in Chandigarh as aspirants shared that they were served water at regular intervals. A disabled student from Ludhiana, Sumit Mago, was grateful to the authorities for allowing him to enter the premises in a car to be dropped till the classroom. Students were not allowed to carry their pens or wrist watches to the hall for that matter. Fresh pens were distributed to candidates in the examination hall and a wall clock was put in each classroom as preventive measure against cheating.
The final scores that determine the admission cut-off is a 60:40 combination of JEE Main cores long with marks of Class 12 after ‘normalising’ it to remove discrepancies that could be cause by different standards of marking across different education boards.