Parents of several students, who appeared in the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) Joint Entrance Examination (Mains)-2016, are pointing out errors in the answer key that was uploaded on Monday by the board on its official website www.jeenaim.nic.in.
While the board, while issuing the answer key on Monday, has admitted that there were multiple answers to two physics questions, parents have raised apprehensions of several other errors, including some ‘incorrect’ answers, dual answers and questions framed incorrectly.
The offline exam was held on April 3, followed by the online exam on April 9 and 10, with different question papers. The results for the same are likely to come out by April 27.
Parents and academicians from the tricity are saying that the answer key to the exam held on April 10 shows wrong answers as well as incorrectly framed questions.
Col Baweja, a resident of Chandimandir, whose child appeared in the exam on April 10, said, “Each question is worth four marks. This can really impact our child’s rank.”
Baweja, who had e-mailed to the CBSE joint secretary in Delhi citing the problem, got revert on his email, stating that parents can follow the official code and contest the same.
A total of Rs 1,000 is charged for challenging a single question or wrong answer.
In his reply to the complainant, CBSE joint secretary Jitendra Kumar Yadav stated that “In case, you are sure about your answers, you may challenge online on the website by following the due procedure”.
Another parent, a resident of Sector 44, Chandigarh, Meenu Sachdeva said, “Our kids work so hard for competitive exams like JEE. It is disheartening to see that these things happen. We have no option, but to challenge the wrong answer key. We hope bonus marks will be given to the students by the board.”
Local academician and PMT trainer Ananya Ganguly said, “There is an issue with eight questions in the answer key for the exam held on April 10. Four questions were incorrectly framed as they lacked adequate data, three other questions are answered incorrectly and another question has dual answers.”
Savin Sidhu, a local academician and physics expert, said in a question the diagram is incorrect, while options are incorrect in a physics question. In the physics section alone, I see problems with four questions.
Another local PMT trainer Anil Verma said despite the board having mentioned earlier that no question will have more than one answers in the answer key, two questions show dual answers. “Children, who might have left the question considering negative marking, are at a disadvantage,” he added.
Neeti Baweja, who is a teacher at a Panchkula school, said, “It is disheartening for students who appeared for the exam on April 10. There seems to be no such issue with the answer sheets for the exams held on April 3 and 9.”
She added that the repeated incidents of wrongly-framed questions by the board imply that it is a “money-making” strategy for the board since they’ll be paying a total of `8,000 to challenge the questions.
This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred. In 2015, too, several discrepancies were reported in the JEE (Mains) exam’s C section.
Vandana Gupta, whose child studies at The Gurukul, Panchkula, said, “How can the CBSE be so callous year after year? The exam paper is framed in collaboration with IIT-Bombay. I wonder how such inconsistencies occur! It is extremely demoralising for children who work so hard for competitive exams.”
JEE (Mains) and JEE (Advanced) are important examinations for the candidates, seeking to make their career in the field of engineering.