‘Easy, with some tricky ques­tions’

Sun­day’s JEE (Main) pa­per 1 had one chem­istry ques­tion with no in­cor­rect op­tion, while the physics por­tion took up a lot of time, say ex­perts

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One chem­istry ques­tion had no in­cor­rect op­tion, while an­other had not been cov­ered in the NCERT book, in the JEE (Main) 2013, con­ducted in the off­line mode on April 7, 2013, across 81 cities. More than 10 lakh stu­dents re­port­edly took the test. Only the top 1.5 lakh stu­dents will be el­i­gi­ble for the ad­vanced exam. Ex­perts say that this year’s pa­per 1 was easy but had “some tricky ques­tions.”

‘Ex­pect a high cut-off’

Over­all, the pa­per was balanced and checked a stu­dent for his knowl­edge as well as prob­lem-solv­ing abil­i­ties. The pa­per was eas­ier than last year’s AIEEE and was pri­mar­ily based on the NCERT text­books, say ex­perts.

Ac­cord­ing to RL Trikha, HOD (dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion) and di­rec­tor, FIITJEE, “The ques­tion pa­per pat­tern was same as AIEEE 2011 and 2012 with 30 ques­tions each in physics, chem­istry and math­e­mat­ics. This means that the cut-off is ex­pected to go higher as the pa­per was easy.”

Pa­per com­po­si­tion

“As far as physics is con­cerned, the ques­tions were dis­trib­uted over the en­tire syl­labus bar­ring a few topics such as laws of mo­tion, which did not have a sin­gle ques­tion. Out of 30 ques­tions, 14 were easy, 10 were nei­ther dif­fi­cult nor easy and six were dif­fi­cult. The ex­pected cut-off for physics is 50 out of 120, for a stu­dent to be able to qual­ify with the top 1.5 lakh stu­dents,” says Aakash Chaudhry, di­rec­tor, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices Ltd.

TK Bansal, CEO, Bansal Tu­to­ri­als, how­ever, feels that the physics por­tion was tricky and time con­sum­ing. “Stu­dents who re­vised the NCERT book really well were able to com­plete the pa­per within the stip­u­lated time pe­riod, some even 30 min­utes be­fore time. Topics like SHM, wave op­tics and fluid me­chan­ics were over-em­pha­sised,” he says.

As far as the chem­istry por­tion is con­cerned, Code P had 12 easy, 10 mod­er­ate and eight dif­fi­cult ques­tions. “The cut-off should be 48 marks out of 120 marks. Most of the ques­tions were based on the the­ory given in the NCERT text­book. How­ever, in Code P, the ques­tions 38, 44, 48 and 59 did not have the re­quired the­ory in the NCERT text­book. Ques­tion 32 had two cor­rect op­tions as it was given in the NCERT book. In ques­tion 38, in­stead of the root mean square speed, the mean square speed was men­tioned. The ques­tion in its present form can­not be solved. Ques­tion 44 has, ap­par­ently, all the four op­tions cor­rect. Ques­tion 59 was based on the Bhopal gas tragedy, for which noth­ing is given in the NCERT book,” Chaudhry adds.

The math­e­mat­ics sec­tion was also well-balanced. Ten, eight and five ques­tions were asked from al­ge­bra, cal­cu­lus and co-or­di­nate ge­om­e­try, re­spec­tively. “Nearly 60% ques­tions were easy. The as­ser­tion-rea­son­ing ques­tions were good enough to con­fuse any stu­dent and will def­i­nitely play a ma­jor role in de­cid­ing the ranks,” says Chaudhry.

“Stu­dents with a good grip over topics like cal­cu­lus, ma­tri­ces and de­ter­mi­nants could do the pa­per eas­ily,” Bansal adds.


Stu­dents take the JEE (Main) at a Gur­gaon cen­tre on April 7, 2013

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