By: Sanyukta Dharmadhikari
Several students, who appeared for JEE (Advanced) on Sunday, felt that the paper was lengthier and tougher compared to last year.
Only the top 1,50,000 candidates, based on their scores in paper-I of JEE (Main) 2014, are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2014.
According to IIT Kharagpur, which the organising the entrance exam, 1,26,990 candidates have registered this year, which includes 10,509 from Maharashtra. The results of JEE (Advanced) will be declared on June 19.
The JEE is a comprehensive test that evaluates candidates on the basis of comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability. The exam has two objective type (MCQ) question papers that are held for a duration of three hours and contain three separate sections on Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
According to Praveen Tyagi, head of a coaching centre, the first paper of the JEE (Advanced) was reminiscent of the old JEE subjective papers in terms of difficulty level. “A major surprise was that there are no negative marking in this paper, so those students who have not read the instructions and attempted only selected questions will be at a loss.”
“The Physics paper was lengthier and Chemistry was tougher than last year. The Mathematics part of the paper was not well-balanced as there was 50% calculus, 30% algebra and 20% coordinate geometry /3D,” said R L Trikha, director of a private coaching organisation.
The second paper was comparatively easier. Last year, there were 8 MCQs with one or more correct answers, whereas this year there were 10 multiple choice questions with a single correct answer. This was less taxing for candidates, he added.
Most of the candidates that appeared for the exam also felt that the paper was lenghty.
“The first paper was lengthy. I could solve the second paper much faster. I found the mathematics section comparatively harder,” said Kapil (18) from Mumbai.
“The pattern was unexpected this time. Paper 1 was harder and I found the chemistry section tough. The second paper was relatively easier,” said another candidate from Mumbai, Siddhant Garg (17).