JEE (Ad­vanced) 2013 stumps stu­dents

Change in neg­a­tive mark­ing scheme was the sur­prise el­e­ment for many can­di­dates, say ex­perts

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The first-ever Joint En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion (JEE) Ad­vanced 2013, that was meant for the top 1.5 lakh stu­dents who cracked JEE (Main) 2013, was held on June 2, 2013. There was no neg­a­tive mark­ing in ques­tions with sin­gle cor­rect an­swers in some parts. Ques­tions with mul­ti­ple op­tions had neg­a­tive mark­ing, that was a sur­prise.

Pa­per 1

This pa­per com­prised 60 ques­tions and stu­dents were marked on a to­tal of 180 marks. Here is a sec­tion-wise anal­y­sis.

Physics: There were a few tricky ques­tions in this sec­tion. “Out of 20 ques­tions, three were very easy, two were dif­fi­cult and the re­main­ing were aver­age. The aver­age score would be around 35 out of 60,” says Aakash Chaudhry, di­rec­tor, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices Ltd.

Chem­istry: Some ques­tions in this sec­tion were very tricky and re­quired in­depth knowl­edge of the sub­ject. Out of 20 ques­tions, four were easy, 10 were aver­age and six were very dif­fi­cult. The aver­age score would be around 30 out of 60.

Math­e­mat­ics: This is a cru­cial sec­tion. “It was rel­a­tively tough as com­pared to physics and chem­istry. There were around 10 tricky ques­tions in this sec­tion. Most of them re­quired more than the ex­pected time for find­ing the ac­cu­rate an­swer. The pa­per was rel­a­tively lengthy. There was equal weigh­tage given to Class 11 and Class 12 syl­labi. The aver­age score in this sec­tion should be around 24 out of 60,” Chaudhry adds.


Pa­per 2 also had 60 ques­tions. “There was a mix of eight mul­ti­ple choice sin­gle cor­rect an­swer and mul­ti­ple cor­rect an­swers in each sec­tion. This was a lit­tle tax­ing for stu­dents since they had to be ex­tra care­ful while mark­ing the an­swers. Over­all, Pa­per 2 was eas­ier than Pa­per 1. The cut-offs are ex­pected to be lower than pre­vi­ous years,” says RL Trikha, di­rec­tor, FIITJEE.

Ac­cord­ing to Chaudhry, “Un­like Pa­per 1, physics and chem­istry sec­tions were tough. In fact, Pa­per 2 had a few sur­prises in terms of the pat­tern of the ques­tions asked. The first sec­tion in each of the sub­jects had eight ques­tions with mul­ti­ple an­swers. This change in pat­tern made the pa­per length­ier, since it re­quired more time to solve ques­tions with more than one cor­rect an­swer. The pa­per also in­tro­duced ‘match the col­umn’ type ques­tions for the first time. There were more ques­tions on com­pre­hen­sion as com­pared to pre­vi­ous years’ pa­pers.”

Physics: “Pa­per 2 was lengthy and dif­fi­cult as com­pared to Pa­per 1. Over­all, the level of ques­tions in this sec­tion was not dif­fi­cult, but stu­dents found the lan­guage of ques­tions quite dif­fi­cult. The aver­age score in this part would be around 24,” says Chaudhry.

Chem­istry: It was more dif­fi­cult than Pa­per 1. Many of the prob­lems were based on reaction mech­a­nisms. Some of the ques­tions from in­or­ganic chem­istry were tough. Out of 20 ques­tions, six were easy, six ques­tions were mod­er­ately tough and the re­main­ing eight were dif­fi­cult. The cut-off for this pa­per is ex­pected to be around 24 marks.

Math­e­mat­ics: This sec­tion was easy but lengthy. “Nine ques­tions were from Class 11 syl­labus and 11 ques­tions were from Class 12 syl­labus. The cut-off marks can be ex­pected to be around 25 out of 60,” Chaudhry adds.


Un­like Pa­per 1 of JEE (Ad­vanced) 2013, the physics and chem­istry sec­tions of Pa­per 2 were tough

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