HYDERABAD: The question paper of Joint Entrance Examination (Main)-2018 turned out to be easy this year, most of the candidates who took the examination on Sunday told Express. To some others, however, it was moderately difficult.
Among the three subjects, Chemistry questions were found to be the easiest, followed by Physics and Mathematics. Questions from the latter two were comparatively tougher and time consuming. It was also found that there was no major change in the pattern of questions that had been given in the previous examinations.
B Rishikesh said, “It was an easy paper and chemistry was the easiest. I attempted to answer 40 questions. I am sure I will qualify the exam.” Another candidate, J Saikumar, said, “I attempted many questions from Chemistry and Physics but not as many from Mathematics which were tougher. Overall, I attempted 30 questions.”
Venkat Ramana, head of JEE exam wing at a coaching institute in Hyderabad, said the questions in Mathematics required lengthy calculations consuming a lot of time because of which many students found it tough. Rajshekhar Ratrey of an education portal said the JEE (Main) cut-off marks should be between 95 and 105 this year.
The JEE (Main) examination is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and qualifying it will make a candidate eligible to apply for admission to National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other centrally- funded technical institutions (CFTIs). Also, those who qualify JEE (Main) will be eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) exam to get into the most-coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
While students numbering between 11 lakh and 13 lakh applied for JEE (Main) this year, only 2.24 lakh eligible candidates will be selected for JEE (Advanced) to vie for around 10,500 seats in 23 IITs.