JEE Main 2019 highlights: Day 2 and Day 3 analysis and students’ reaction

JEE Main 2019 highlights: Day 2 and Day 3 analysis and students’ reaction

JEE Main 2019 HIGHLIGHTS day 1 and 2: The first ever Joint Entrance Exam Main is conducted from January 8 onwards. The students can check JEE Main exam analysis, cut-off, students' reaction and experts' views

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JEE Main 2019 HIGHLITS: Check the live updates of the first day of January session of JEE Main 2019. (Representational Image)

JEE Main 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Newly constructed body National Testing Agency (NTA) is conducting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main from January 8 onwards and it will continue till January 16, 2019. While on Tuesday, Paper 2 was held for B Arch/ B Planning, paper 1 will be held for BE/B Tech aspirants from today. JEE is held in computer-based testing (CBT) format and for the first time will be held in winters. Earlier, JEE Main was conducted by the Central Board Secondary Education.

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In another first, the JEE Main 2019 exam will be conducted in multiple shifts. The three-hour exam will start at 9:30 am and the afternoon shift will commence at 12:30 pm. The NTA DG has asked students to reach well in advance to allow all the security procedures to take place smoothly. The NTA has provided ‘Centre Locator’ feature on their website which allows students to find the shortest and fastest route.

To know about the background story of NTA, from paper setting to evaluation to declaration of result check all that happens in the background here – JEE Main 2019: Check the security provisions by NTA

Issuing a warning, the Director General, NTA has said, “There is no dress code for students we have also asked the frisking staff to be more careful with students especially girls.” In the last exam conducted by NTA (UGC-NET) two students were not allowed to appear for the exam as they refused to remove the hijab.

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Physics most difficult in session II

In the section II of JEE Main 2019 students found Physics to be most difficult and mathematics to be moderately difficult and Chemistry to be easy. In the first slot as well students found chemistry to be easy, however, Mathematics was considered to be the most difficult part then. 

Physics most difficult in session II

In the section II of JEE Main 2019 students found Physics to be most difficult and mathematics to be moderately difficult and Chemistry to be easy. In the first slot as well students found chemistry to be easy, however, Mathematics was considered to be the most difficult part then. 

What is the role of JoSAA

After declaration of result, the data is handed over to the Centralised Seat Allocation Board (CSAB)/JoSAA or the concerned State government or institute for seat allocation process and admission procedure. The NTA does not collect the information regarding the total number of seats available in the institutions and reservation criteria followed by the institutions, candidates need to check the same with the respective colleges.

What is the role of JoSAA

After declaration of result, the data is handed over to the Centralised Seat Allocation Board (CSAB)/JoSAA or the concerned State government or institute for seat allocation process and admission procedure. The NTA does not collect the information regarding the total number of seats available in the institutions and reservation criteria followed by the institutions, candidates need to check the same with the respective colleges.

Online exam, not an issue for candidates

Most of the candidates who talked to said that they did not have any trouble with the online mode of the exam. Some of the students who appeared for the exam in Delhi-centre informed that they prefer the exam to be online rather than pen paper based. NTA in an official notification said, " about 3 Lakh candidates have visited the Mock Tests and benefited from it. Further, about 24 thousand opted for using TPC (test practice centres)."

This is how the exam screen looks like

JEE Main 2019: Section II over

Section two of the JEE Main 2019 exam has ended. The candidates seem to be happy and the like section I section II as well is expected to be easy by the look of candidates, details awaited.

Need to get over 50 questions right, 200+ rank for a good college

"An average student attempting between 45 to 50 questions in a JEE Main paper makes us interpret the paper to be 'easy', but that does not score students heavily, as the NTA will be calculating percentiles based on each day's exam", Bhuvana Anil Kumar, head JEE and NEET, T.I.M.E. Thus, one can assume that to stay ahead students need to score more than 50 questions which makes 200+ the minimum score out of 360 to get a good college

Needed more time to solve mathematics: Students

Though general perception so far is that the exam was easy and mathematics was considered to be tough by most students. Students also had the impression that questions from Physics were more theory-oriented (which is unlikely for a JEE exam) and questions from Mathematics required slightly more time frame to solve. Also, Chemistry was claimed as the easiest subject in the paper, according to most students.

Chemistry: Most questions from in-organic chemistry

Chemistry was considered to be the easiest. Around 12 questions were asked from in-organic Chemistry, 9 from organic chemistry and 9 from physical chemistry. Many students informed that the Chemistry section was the easiest. According to experts, if students have their basics correct they can get maximum marks form Chemistry section. 

Mathematics: The toughest section

Most of the students who talked to said that the mathematics section was the toughest. Experts informed that students could have felt so because the question paper was based more on the applied aspect of math. Many also felt that the questions were tricky instead of direct. From the total 30 questions, 10 questions were asked from Algebra, 8 from Calculus, 6 from Coordinate Geometry and 6 from Trigonometry.

Physics questions paper disected

In the Physics section, there were about 8 questions from Mechanics, 6 questions from Heat and Thermodynamics, 7 from Current Electricity and EMI, 4 questions from Electrostatics and Magnetism, and 5 questions from Optics and Modern Physics. 

60% questions from NCERT: Experts

"The expected cut-off will range between 72-77 marks. Overall, in all three subjects, 60% of the questions were based out of NCERT. If students have solved past 10 years' question papers, they can easily score good marks in the JEE Main Paper I," said Naveen Joshi, Grade-up.

NTA's first JEE exam: easy

"The NTA kickstarted the JEE Main (B.Tech) exam today. In the morning slot, the overall level of the examination was ‘moderate’. There were no surprises in today's JEE exam paper. The pattern was the same as compared to last year. On the whole, Physics was easy to moderate; Maths was lengthy which made it difficult for the students to complete the section, whereas Chemistry was relatively easy ,"  said Navin C Joshi, Academic head and VP (JEE and NEET) at Gradeup.

Paper too easy, says expert

The questions asked in the paper were not of a very high level. They were designed to gauge how well the candidates had understood the basic concepts. Some students said that they recalled seeing similar if not same questions in the NCERT books itself. A student with a good grasp of the fundamentals would have been able to attempt a high number of questions without having to break a sweat, said expert.

JEE Main Paper - II: ISRO, NASA for 8 marks

Candidates were asked to write the full form of NASA and ISRO each for four marks each in the first ever exam of JEE Main exam. While academicians considered it to be irrelevant many candidates considered it to be way too easy to be asked in the competitive level national exam. Check the full story here - NASA, ISRO in Architecture exam

Water, pen, rough sheet provided inside exam

According to Ankit, a student who attempted the exam from UP-based centre, candidates were given a blue pen, water and rough sheets during the exam. Each candidate had to write their name and application number on the rough sheet. Candidates were asked to submit rough sheet and admit card to the invigilator. Water was provided to every candidate inside the exam hall and loo-breaks were allowed. While no one accompanied candidates to the loo the CCTV cameras were installed in the aisle.

JEE Main 2019: two-level entry check for students

Talking to, students informed that each one of them had to undergo two-level checking including metal detection test and frisking. Each student had to face 4-5 guards. 

Expected cut-off 85+ : Expert

According to experts, the cut-off can be expected to be as high as 85+ this year. "Last year the cutoff went low. The exam was of moderate-level difficulty this year and students with their concepts cleared found it to be easy. So we are expecting the cut-off to be on the higher end. Around 85+ cut-off can be expected," said Amit Kumar, mentor, career launcher.

Chemistry most scoring : Experts

Talking to, Mentor, Career Launchers, Amit Kumar said, "the exam was of moderate level difficulty. Students found Mathematics to be more difficult. It was a bit tricky and most questions were based on application. Physics was also comparatively tough. Chemistry was easiest if a student had their basics clear, it could be the most scoring section as it was easier compared to last year."

Here are some questions asked in Physics

One of the questions asked in Physics section was - Find motion of Inertia about the axis which is 3/2d from the central axis. A total of 30 questions were asked. No questions were asked on fluids and two questions were on fluids. Most questions were from the mechanics section.

Here are some questions asked in Chemistry

According to students who appeared for JEE Main 2019 here is the list of questions asked in Chemistry section - 

1. What are isotopes of H2

2. What is ppm of safe drinking water

3. What is reduction of freindlich isotherm

4. What is the chemical bonding of copper pyrite

A total of 30 questions for four marks each were asked in the Chemistry section.

Students faced glitch in exam, same option twice.

A student took to Twitter to inform that he has faced a technical glitch in the exam. He saw one option twice. 

No questions from fluids

Kartik, a student who appeared for the exam from Noida centre informed, that no questions were asked from fluids and only two questions were from thermodynamics.  Most questions, according to him were from the mechanics part of the physics subjects.

JEE Main 2019: Exam pattern

Total questions in exam were 90 . Each section - Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics - had 30 questions each. Total marks of the exam, following the usual norm, was 360. Each question had 4 marks for correct option and -1 for the wrong attempt. No attempt had zero marks.

JEE Main 2019: Multiple questions from conic section

According to students who appeared for the exam, many questions In Chemistry section were directly from the NCERT.  In Maths many questions were asked from conic sections but questions from all chapters were covered.   All chapters in all three subjects were given equal weightage

JEE Main 2019: Chemistry easier but lengthy

Students who attempted the exam in the first shift of JEE Main 2019 told that the exam was moderate to easy in terms of difficulty. Comparatively, the Physics and Mathematics were difficult and Chemistry was easiest. However, Chemistry was lengthy.

JEE Main 2019: Time clock on each computer screen and blue ball pen was given to all

The candidates were not allowed to take stationery along but were provided with blue ball pens. Each exam hall also had a wall clock. Candidates were not allowed to carry any eatable including water. However, an exception was there for diabetic students. A time clock was also available on each computer screen

JEE Main 2019: No technical glitch

The exam started and ended on time and no technical glitch was faced by students. Students who had attempted mock tests on the NTA website found it easy to attempt the first-ever computer based exam. According to NTA, about 2519290 candidates have used the mock test facilty.

Check NCERT examples and last year's question paper

Rakshita Gowda, a Delhi-based student, "Many questions were from the examples section of NCERT books. All three subjects were moderately difficult. I had seen many questions from the  last year's question paper which helped me during the exam." The exam for section one has ended and section two is about to begin. Rakshita appeared for the exam from Delhi-based centre in shift one of day two of JEE Main 2019.

Students Reaction: Moderate difficulty

As opposed to yesterday when most students found the exam to be too easy. Most of the students found the exam to be moderately difficulty today. According to students, the difficulty across the sections was uninformed. But the Chemistry paper was a found o be lengthy by most of the students who appeared for the engineering exam in the first shift.

JEE Main 2019: How are ties resolved?

The percentile score might lead to a lot of ties that is when two or more students scoring more marks, in such cases, NTA has devised a strategy. The first preference will be given to candidates obtaining higher percentile score in the mathematics section of the exam followed by a score in physics and then preference to those who scored more in Chemistry. In case candidates continue to get equal marks in all sub-sections as well, then preference will be given to the candidate who is older in age,

What is percentile score?

Percentile scoring is a mechanism of given relative marks to students. Instead of the marks each candidate has gained, there will be a comparison between the candidates and those who have score maximum will get 100 percentile which can even mean 97/100. Therefore the topper(highest score) of each session will get the same percentile of 100 which is desirable. The marks obtained in between the highest and lowest scores are also converted to appropriate Percentiles.

Is exam for each candidate different?

Based on a query by a reader of, whether the question paper for each candidate is different. Well no! Each candidate who is appearing for the exam in the same SHIFT will have the same question paper. Just to avoid any cheating candidates' question papers will be jumbled, implying the positioning of questions and their respective answers will be different for two students in the same shift but each shift will have same question paper. Since the exam will be conducted in two shifts, each day two exam sets will be given and over the period of time, as many as 16 different question papers will be given to students.

Important instruction for diploma holders

To appear in JEE (Advanced) a diploma holder can attempt the JEE (Main) - 2019 but his/her rank and NTA score for JEE (Main) will not be declared as diploma holders cannot apply for admission to NITs and CFTIs through JEE (Main) channel, according to NTA

JEE Main 2019: Why normalizaton?

The candidates who attempt the comparatively tougher examination are likely to get lower marks as compared to those who attempt the easier one. In order to overcome such a situation, “Normalization procedure based on Percentile Score” will be used for ensuring that candidates are neither benefitted nor disadvantaged due to the difficulty level of the examination, states NTA.

JEE Main 2019: Percentile scoring

As question appears in each set are different, candidates' marks will be normalized to maintain equity when it comes to marks, according to NTA. Students will be scored on percentile.

JEE Main 2019: First session of engineering exam over

The first session of Paper- I which is meant for admission to engineering colleges is over. As many as 9.4 lakh candidates registered for the exam to be held over the week. The last exam will be on December 16 and each day the exams will be conducted in two shifts. The first shift ended and the second will begin from 2:30 PM. Students for second shifts have already started flocking the exam centres and the security check-ins have begun.

JEE Main dress code

While there is no dress code announced for the JEE Main by the NTA, there are some parents tweeting that some centres have not allowed jackets inside the exam hall.


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JEE Main 2019 LIVE: Exam preparation tips for the online test. (Representational Image)

JEE Main 2019: The National Testing Agency is conducting the JEE Main 2019 for the first time from January 8 to January 18, 2019. JEE Main is held for securing admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75 per cent marks in class 12 examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the examination conducted by the respective boards.