The physics section was a tough nut to crack as over 11 lakh students took the JEE (Main) paper pencil test at 150 exam centres across the country. Not only that, students and coaching centres also claimed that there were errors in questions from the physics section.
"There were two mistakes in the physics section. In one question in Set E - on fluids, all options given were wrong. In another question, there was an error in the value printed in the question paper's answer key," said Ramesh Batlish, FIITJEE.
Similarly, an error was also spotted in the mathematics questions. "One of the questions (CODE H, Q33), had no accurate answer. Students, who attempted the question would have wasted time during this high pressure examination," said Praveen Tyagi, managing director, IIT-ian's PACE.
Many students found the physics questions section difficult. "As to last year, the difficulty level in chemistry and mathematics paper were almost the same. However, the physics section was much tougher than expected," said Kedar Sathaye, a student from Thane.
The exam is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to centrally-funded engineering institutions like National Institute of Technology (NITS) and others.
The top 1.5 scorers of the JEE (Main), will be eligible to appear for the next leg of the exam- JEE Advanced, for admission to the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The cut-off for the JEE Advanced last year was 113 out of 360. "
CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi, however, said that the paper was error-free but they are open to any feedback. "As far as we are concerned, the paper did not have any errors. It is impossible that all the four options were wrong. However, we are open to feedback and if they write to us, we will look into it and take appropriate action," said Joshi.
Over 1.70 lakh students will take the online version of the test scheduled for April 9, 11, 12 and 19.