JEE Mains 2018 was conducted in offline mode by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) across various exam centers all over the country on April 8, 2018. Nearly 12 lakh students applied for the exam, out of which 9,56,716 students appeared for the examination on April 8.
The exam will also be conducted in online mode on April 15 and 16. This year has continued to see a decreasing number of students attempting JEE, following the same trend as past years.
The Joint Entrance Exam, or JEE, is considered to be one of the toughest examinations, not only in India but the whole world. Further, students are decided to be eligible for JEE Advanced on the basis of their JEE Main score. One can have an idea about their performance in the examination, by matching their answers with JEE Main answer keys released by CBSE after the final conclusion of the examination. After qualifying JEE Advanced, one can secure admission among prestigious engineering institutes of the country, such as IITs, NITs, etc.
In the offline mode, students had a hard time attempting the test. The examination evoked a mixed reaction from students across the country. Provided below is the analysis of the first reaction students had about the examination.
While some students found the exam to be rather easy, many found it to be moderately difficult. Ishita Pawan, a class 12th student, shared her experience- “Barring 3-4 questions in all sections, I found the paper to be quite easy. The pattern of the paper was similar to last year’s paper.” Few candidates who took the JEE Mains paper in the first shift said that the paper was quite difficult as they were not able to attempt all questions. They also found the question paper to be tricky. Now let’s discuss each section in detail.
Majority of the students who took JEE Mains offline test, found Math to be a rather easy section, although not everyone shared the same opinion. Mahendra Patel, a student from Madhya Pradesh, who appeared for the exam in Allahabad, found the rest of the exam easy, “but the Mathematics part was exhausting due to complex nature of questions.”
Sumit Vyas, a student from Mumbai, believed that the Mathematics section was the lengthiest. In his own words, “Most of us could not attempt the full section as most questions were time-consuming. Algebra was given more importance than calculus in the paper.”
The response in Kota was a rather mixed one, as the difficulty level of the exam was found to be quite easy by some and quite difficult by others. 18-year-old, Akansha Laddha had appeared for the exam last year as well but found this year’s JEE Main paper a bit difficult compared to that of last year. “While mathematics part was easy, chemistry was tricky and physics was of moderate level,” she said, providing her insights.
A few experts believed that the chemistry section was of moderate difficulty level as they were lengthy. A few students found difficulty in answering questions of organic chemistry. They also believe that the cut-off might be similar to that of the previous year.
Subhra Supakar, another 18-year-old student, expressed his opinion, in which he stated that the chemistry portion had more questions based on organic chemistry than the ones based on inorganic chemistry. She said Mathematics and Physics were easier. Her opinion was seconded by another candidate, Riya Banzal, a 19-year-old student who also attempted the exam this year and said that the chemistry section had less inorganic questions.
A different opinion was provided by Manya Goel, who said that most of the sections were solvable but time limit was a problem. “Except for a couple of questions in Chemistry section, I found all other questions of medium difficulty level,” she said, and then continued to add, “However, it was difficult to solve the paper in three hours.”
Adarsh Kumar, a resident of Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh, said “The Physics portion of the paper, although in accordance to class 11th and 12th syllabus, was tough compared to questions of Mathematics and Chemistry”. A similar opinion was shared by Shaksham Sharma, a student from Bhopal, who said, “The physics was the tougher one as compared to Math and Chemistry”
Saurabh Shukla, a resident of Allahabad said that he was unable to attempt all the questions in the physics section, while the mathematics and chemistry section did not pose a problem for him. Riya and Aditi, residents of Lucknow, stated that in their views, it was a race against time as the question paper of the first shift was lengthy. “We had to struggle to complete the paper. Some of the questions were tricky too,” one of them said, while the other agreed.
Priyanshu, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, said that he was worried due to the negative marking in JEE, as every wrong answer would result in the deduction of one mark. Some other students could simply not believe the level of difficulty to be what it was, as voiced by Shivang and Priyanshi, two students from Lucknow. “We never expected that difficulty level of the question paper will be high,” they said.
In conclusion, a few JEE experts shared their opinion, in which they believed that the physics section was actually the most difficult section of the examination, as it was both lengthy and calculative. Nonetheless, it would have been a difficult task for students to be a hundred percent prepared for the examination, due to the current level of difficulty for all the sections.
It should be remembered that entrance examinations such as JEE are tough and students are under a lot of pressure to perform well in these examinations. Nearly 12 lakh students have applied for the exam, in both the online and offline mode of exam, out of which only 2.25 lakh JEE Rank holders will be able to appear for JEE Advanced. Further, only the top ten thousand shall be able to secure a seat in IITs or NITs of their choice.