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IIT aspirants take second big leap

Around 11,000 students from Bihar appeared for the IIT-JEE (Advanced) examination at 28 centres spread across Patna, Gaya, Katihar and Muzaffarpur on Sunday.

The JEE Advanced-2014 is the stepping stone for admission to the prestigious undergraduate programmes in any one of the 16 IITs and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

The exam comprised two objective-type papers that assessed the comprehension, reasoning and analytical skills of the candidates. Both papers were of three-hour duration, each consisting of three separate sections on chemistry, physics and mathematics.

However, this time there was no negative marking for any wrong answer in paper-I. Students were jubilant when they found that there was no negative marking for wrong answers in paper-I. However, in paper-II, there was negative marking in which three wrong answers were to be counted as one, deducting three marks of the candidate.

Though both the papers have the same weightage, students who perform better in paper-I stand a better chance over others because of the no-negative marking norm.

Amit Kumar from Patna, who took the exam at Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School, Rajendranagar, said: “We are happy that this time our marks will not be deducted for wrong answers. This helped us answer more questions, particularly the doubtful ones. I am hopeful that I will crack the test.”

Teachers, however, had a different opinion.

Anand Kumar of Super 30 fame said: “This will not have much impact as half of the questions in paper-I were those whose answers were to be given in one or more options that fall under the correct type. Even if one option is incorrect the candidate would not get any marks.”

Most IIT aspirants said paper-I was easier compared to paper-II and that both were within the IIT standards. Gulshan Kumar of Rohtas said: “Chemistry was good but physics was tough.”

Most of the questions in the physics paper were from areas concerning thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and electrostatic. Calculative questions were there in physical chemistry. The other questions from chemistry include those from organic and inorganic part and thermodynamics. A good part of the questions were based on fundamentals. In mathematics, most of the questions were from calculus and vectors.

The top 1.5 lakh candidates countrywide appeared for the JEE (Advanced) on Sunday based on their scores in paper-I of JEE Main 2014. The JEE (Advanced) results would be published on June 19.


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