While initial responses of students to this year’s IIT-Joint Entrance Examination or JEE-Advanced 2015 were mixed, many city students said that the change in the marking scheme of the paper came as a shock to them. The exam, held on Sunday, saw approximately 1.22 lakh candidates from over 350 centers across India appearing for papers 1 and 2.
This year, the second and the third section of both papers included negative marking for incorrect answers. Experts said that the negative marking scheme was increased this year.
“We have always carried negative marking in the JEE-Advanced exam, but the only major change we made this year was to increase the weightage of the paper,” said organising chairman, JEE-Advanced 2015, IIT Bombay.
The exam, which usually consists of 350 marks, carried a weightage of 504.
Candidates are competing for 10,000 seats across IITs and ISM Dhanbad. The papers, which were of three hours each, consisted of three separate sections on Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
“The paper pattern was unexpected and I was quite shocked even though I had practiced a lot of paper styles. This was very different and difficult,” said Aditi Garg, a student. The questions, which were multiple-choice, had negative marking and several had more than one correct option. “With so much negative marking, it was difficult to decide whether to answer a question you were unsure about,” she added.
“Due to the new negative marking in paper I, in the multiple choice and match-the-following questions, students found the paper lengthy,” said Ramesh Batlish, an official from a coaching centre.
Kshitiz Goel, another student, however, called it a “good and balanced paper”. “It was not very easy but not too lengthy either,” he said.
Praveen Tyagi, managing director of a Mumbai-based coaching centre, said, “The paper required students to make use of smart techniques which would help them save time. This is a positive step for JEE-Advanced.
The results of the JEE Advanced exam will be declared on June 18.