Students come out after exams at DAV Public School, Bistupur, on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Over 40,000 students in Jharkhand were among the lakhs across the country who took the year’s Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains for the IITs and NITs, held by Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), on Sunday.
The pen-and-paper or off-line test, held in two shifts, had the first from 9.30am to 12:30pm and the second from 2pm to 5pm.
From Ranchi, about 18,500 students took the test at over 25 centres. In Jamshedpur, some 10,000 aspirants from 10 centres sat for the exam.
Online JEE (Mains) will also be held on April 9, 11, 12 and 19.
Of these, only 1.5 lakh students will qualify for JEE Advanced, meant for IITs and slated to be held on May 25.
Hordes of nervous faces - both of parents and candidates — were seen outside the test centres.
However, students were satisfied with the questions. The pattern was same as last year. Each question paper had 90 posers, 30 each in physics, chemistry and maths. The aggregate was 360 and there was negative marking as well.
Students felt maths was relatively easier than physics and chemistry.
“Maths was not very tough, but the chemistry paper was lengthy. The physics questions were difficult to crack,” said Ankit Singh of DAV Gandhinagar in Ranchi.
DAV Public School, Bistupur, student Ujala agreed: “Physics was the toughest of all the papers.”
There were also a few who were worried about the new system. “Unlike earlier times, selected few will appear for JEE Advanced,” said Sumit Kumar, an IIT aspirant from DAV Kapil Dev in Ranchi.
Jamshedpur’s Rajendra Vidyalaya boy Umang Kumar echoed Sumit. “Tension is more as selected students will be eligible to answer JEE Advanced. This exam has been easy, though, and model question papers helped,” he added.
Experts and faculty members more or less agreed.
Faculty at FIIT-JEE Ranchi A.K. Dutta said: “A question in the physics paper did not have the correct answer. This created confusion.”