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JEE Advanced 2018 analysis: How students reacted after the exam

JEE advanced 2018: Rating the difficulty level of the exam, many candidates said that paper 1 was easier than paper 2. They also said that mathematics was easy and physics was “relatively difficult”.

education Updated: May 21, 2018 15:43 IST
Rajeev Mullick
Rajeev Mullick
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The JEE Advanced paper 1 and paper 2 was held on Sunday. This was the first time the Joint Entrance Examination was conducted online.(Deepak Gupta/HT photo)

The JEE Advanced paper 1 and paper 2 was held on Sunday. This was the first time the Joint Entrance Examination was conducted online. This meant that candidates neither had prints of the question papers, nor a record of their responses. However, post-exam discussions were as energetic as ever.

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K), which conducted the JEE Advanced, took stringent measures to ensure that the examination was conducted in a free and fair manner.

JEE advanced 2018: Students coming out from an exam centre in Lucknow after appearing in JEE advanced 2018. (Deepak Gupta/HT photo)

Candidates rate difficulty level

Rating the difficulty level of the exam, many candidates said that paper 1 was easier than paper 2. They also said that mathematics was easy and physics was “relatively difficult”. Most rated chemistry as moderately difficult.

Many candidates found the overall level of paper moderate level but not easy.

Some students have reported Maths as easy but Physics relatively difficult. Chemistry was reported of Moderate level.

Anmol Srivastava who scored 98.25% in ISC this year said, “I felt that paper 1 was quite easy when compared to paper 2.

As the test was computer based, candidates had the option to Clear Response to change any option, they could mark it for review, save and next to proceed further, he said.

Another aspirant Manoj Kumar said, “Maths gave me a tough time. The questions were tricky and very time consuming. Some questions were new and challenging. Also, this year, the exam was online. So, we had a virtual keyboard on the screen to type out the answers for the integer-type questions. Rest of the questions were objectives. Chemistry and physics were comparatively easier.”

Candidate Gaurav Yadav, who could not crack the exam last year, said, “This year’s paper is easier than the previous year’s. However, it was on the same lines as the last year’s paper. The pattern was only slightly different.” His friends nodded in agreement. “All questions were within the ambit of the syllabus. And fortunately, there weren’t any ugly surprises,” he added.

Ishu Bhagat was not too happy with the two-hour break in between the papers. “Paper 2 was tougher than paper 1. Also, the two-hour break between the papers made me feel a tad bit lethargic. For me, maths as always was the most difficult. Physics was fairly easy, while chemistry was moderate level difficult.”

Taking a view different from the majority’s, Priya Singh said, “I found chemistry to be the toughest. Physics and mathematics were easier in comparison. Also, the second paper went better for me. I am afraid that the first paper, which I found more difficult, may hold me back.”

Comparison with last year’s exam

NK Dubey, centre head, FIITJEE Lucknow, said, “The total marks of each paper was reduced from 183 to 180.” Also, the matching type questions had just two columns. Last year, some questions had three columns as well.

Sanjeev Pandey, coordinator of FIIT JEE Lucknow, said, “As the paper was conducted in a computer based mode, neither a print of the question paper nor a copy of the response sheet was given to the students. The general feeling of candidates was that this year’s paper was tougher when compared to last year’s.”

Six hours of stress

The atmosphere outside test centres was saturated with stress as both students and parents waited for the second paper. “It is a total of six hours of exam -- two rounds of three hours each -- and a two-hour break in between,” said an exhausted student.

After paper 2, as candidates walked home, some faces appeared confident while others crestfallen. Many students said they were relieved to finally get the burden off their backs after sitting through the toughest engineering entrance test.

Highlights

This year they changed the pattern of the Integer type question.Till previous Year the answer for Integer type question where only positive number from 0 to 9 but from this year the answers for the Integer type question consisted of both positive and negative decimal numbers and the students were needed to calculate the values rounded upto 2 decimal places.This made the paper tougher .

Students had to mark biometric attendance for which they had to report to the test centre at 7:30 am for paper-1 and 12:45 pm for paper-2.

As the exam was computer based, students had to ‘clear response’ to change an answer. They could also mark the answer for review or save it and proceed to the next question.

(inputs from Ayushi Mishra)

First Published: May 21, 2018 15:16 IST