The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs was held on Wednesday and was moderate in terms of difficulty, said students and experts. Sarith Nair, general manager, T.I.M.E., said that overall, the students felt the paper was easy. “The students also felt that Physics questions were more theory-oriented (which is unlikely for a JEE exam) and questions from Mathematics required slightly more time.”
“Also, Chemistry was claimed to be easiest. An average student attempting between 45 and 50 questions in a JEE-Main paper makes us interpret the paper to be ‘easy’, but that does not mean students will score heavily, as the NTA will be calculating percentiles based on each day’s exam,” added Nair. The exams are being held in two shifts every day from January 6 and will go on till January 20.
The JEE-Main is also the qualifying exam for JEEAdvanced. This time, the exam is being conducted fully online. Gagan Hegde, Deeksha, Main Campus, Bengaluru, said, “The paper was comparatively easy. The Math section was quite lengthy demanding a lot of time for calculations. Physics and Chemistry questions were majorly from the syllabus with a few questions demanding critical thinking.
On the whole, it was a good paper.” Some students found the online-testing method challenging. “The only drawback of the system was that you could not see all the questions at once,” said Vineeth Narayan P of Deeksha, Main Campus, Bengaluru. Anushka Hebbar, a student from BASE, said the difficulty level was moderate. “Chemistry paper was a bit lengthy,” she added