AFTER THE declaration of the answer key for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains 2016, students and concerned parents have alleged that the paper had some “wrongly framed questions/questions having incomplete data”. Some parents have written to the deputy secretary of the JEE unit of CBSE complaining that for the online exam held on April 10th, eight questions in the question paper carrying four marks each had “insufficient data”.
The JEE Mains online examination was held on two dates in the region — April 9 and 10. The examination consists of 90 questions in all from physics, chemistry and mathematics. In the JEE online exam held on April 10, four questions in physics, three questions in chemistry and one question in mathematics were reportedly incorrect or lacked sufficient data. “Four questions were ambiguous in nature, and four other questions were wrong – that amounts to a total of 32 marks, which is a big deal for the JEE mains. We take the exams cautiously, hoping for the best result. This puts our future at stake,” said Rahul Juneja, a student from Chandigarh who had appeared for the examination.
“Each mark counts in a prestigious exam such as the JEE as there are so many students contesting for the best seats in engineering. The students are also marked negatively for wrongly answered questions and for a paper to have as many as eight incorrect questions is a big deal. The students will could lose close to 40 marks due to this,” said Vandana Gupta, mother of Varun Kumar Gupta, a student who appeared for the JEE online exam.
“There was one question in the physics section that has two options and that has not been clarified in the answer key,” another student, Mehaik, told Chandigarh Newsline.
Subject experts in the region have supported the claim and parents of concerned students have written to J K Yadav, deputy secretary of the joint entrance exam unit of the CBSE. “There is a lack on clarity on four questions in the physics section and that is not the fault of the students. If this is not attended to, the students will stand to lose,” said Anurag Srivastava, a physics teacher who takes JEE coaching classes in Chandigarh.
According to Col Baveja, parent of a city student who had appeared for the JEE Online Examination on April 10, “We have written to the deputy secretary and in response, we have been told that the issue will be looked into once we challenge the answer key.”
“Even in JEE 2015, there was some ambiguity and error in the questions that the CBSE recognised later and awarded bonus marks to the students. We are hoping that they award bonus marks to the students for the wrong questions this year as well,” said IIT-JEE trainer Kunal Singh.
As per rules of the JEE Mains, students have to pay an amount of Rs 1,000 per question for challenging the question paper on any grounds. “This means parents may have to shell out at least Rs 8,000 for no fault of theirs. It is possible that there are some parents who cannot even afford this sum and the future of their children will be affected,” Baveja added.
Results for the JEE Mains (online and offline) are expected to be declared by CBSE on April 27.
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