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JEE Main 2017: Entrance exam was ‘easy to moderately difficult’

Around 10 lakh students appeared in the JEE Main 2017 examination held on Sunday across more than 2,000 centres in 109 cities in India and abroad.

education Updated: Apr 02, 2017 22:16 IST
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Aspirants coming out of an examination centre after taking JEE Main 2017 test in Kota on Sunday. (AH Zaidi/HT photo)

Around 10 lakh students appeared in the JEE Main 2017 examination held on Sunday across more than 2,000 centres in 109 cities in India and abroad.

The pattern of questions of JEE (Main) exam 2017, for B.E/B.Tech courses (Paper I), was similar to that of the last five years. It had objective type, multiple choice questions (MCQ). There were 30 questions each from physics, chemistry and mathematics. Four marks were allotted for each right answer and one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There will be no negative marking for questions not attempted.

The Paper was set from CBSE Class 11 and 12 syllabus. Expectedly, many of the questions were conceptual with some needing analytical skills. Twenty-five questions were easy, 53 moderately difficulty and 12 relatively more difficult.

In the D Set, questions 34 and 54 of physics were tough and needed analytical ability beyond NCERT book/deep study. In chemistry there were two or three questions requiring deep conceptual understanding and application. In mathematics Set-D’s question, 28 was controversial and few questions were lengthy. However, serious students must have found paper relatively easy, compared to last year.

In our opinion, well-prepared candidates maintaining their cool during the exam should have been able to attempt most of questions.

Overall difficulty level for the paper was between easy to moderate. A candidate who stayed focused for two years and worked towards improving speed and accuracy, by taking regular quizzes and mock tests, he/she must have done reasonably well. It is always relative performance, which matters in such competitive examinations.

Cut-off for CML (Common Merit List) in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 was 113,115,105,100 respectively. Cut-off this year is going to be high around 115.

Admission through centralised allocation process in NIT’s / IIIT’s / DTU / CFTI’s for over 24,000 seats in undergraduate courses will be done according to merit list based on marks in JEE Main examination. However, a candidate must be in top 20 percentile of respective board or should score minimum 75% marks in his/her board examination.

Additionally, a total of 9 states (Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Gujarat, M.R., M.P., Odisha, Punjab and Rajasthan) will also accept JEE-M ranks to fill seats through their own seat allocation process.

Top 2, 20,000 candidates of JEE Main will be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced on May 21, 2017 to fight for one of 11,032 seats in IITs.

(Trikha is director, FIITJEE. Views expressed here are personal)

First Published: Apr 02, 2017 22:06 IST