JEE-Mains exam moderately easy but lengthy, say students

Mumbai news

JEE aspirants outside Ramnarain Ruia College in Matunga on Sunday.(HT)

Around 10 lakh students from across the country appeared for the offline Joint Entrance Examination-Mains (JEE-Mains) on Sunday and they gave a thumbs-up to the paper. Barring a couple of questions, most students and experts said the question paper pattern was similar to that of last year’s and fairly simple, unlike last year, when some questions were considered out of syllabus.

“The paper was moderately easy. While most of the questions were from the syllabus, looks like one question in the physics section was too difficult for the students. Similarly, another question had two correct answers in the options,” said Vinay Kumar, MD and CEO of Rao Academy, a coaching institute.

Paper I (for BE/BTech aspirants) was held in the morning slot whereas Paper II (B.Arch/BPlanning) was conducted in the afternoon slot. Most students were happy with their performance and said the test was based majorly on the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus. “While the physics and chemistry sections were easy, the mathematics section was very difficult and lengthy. Many of us could not attempt to answer all the questions in the section,” said Rohan Sawant, who appeared for his test in the morning slot on Sunday.

“Many questions in the paper were straight forward and could be solved by a student who has been preparing sincerely for the exam. There were some tricky questions, like in all three subjects five to six questions were framed quite differently. However, there was no ambiguous question in the paper this year,” said Aakash Choudhry, director of Aakash Educational Services, another coaching institute.

This is the first year that weightage to class XII marks has been dropped from JEE altogether. JEE-Main ranks will not include Class XII marks of students, instead, a candidate has to score above 75% or be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to be eligible for JEE-Mains. Until last year, JEE-Mains rank was calculated by giving 40% weightage to Class XII marks.