Students aspiring for Medical / Engineering courses in West Bengal, have to study Physics and Chemistry subjects in Class 12 syllabus to crack the exam.
WBJEE board has made the Physics and Chemistry subjects mandatory for the WBJEE exam.
The suggestion of adding these subjects was lighted from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.
West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) is an entrance exam conducted for admission to Undergraduate Engineering, Technology, Pharmacy, Medical and Architecture Courses in the State of West Bengal.
"It is mandatory to score 45% average in physics, chemistry and biology for medical students and the same in physics, chemistry and mathematics to get a seat in engineering. Students getting anything below this won't get an admission in engineering and medical colleges even if they are among the first 20 in the WBJEE," a source said.
Now, WBJEE board has accepted the suggestion from AICTE to conduct the Medical entrance test.
"After biology was kept out from JEE 2013, we had increased the weightage of both physics and chemistry question papers from 50 marks each paper to 75 marks question paper. Till 2012, both physics and chemistry were combined into one paper of 100 marks. But after the two subjects were separated, it may not be re-combined into one again. The time allocated for both physics and chemistry could be one-and-a-half hours for each subject. Mathematics is a 100 marks question paper and has to be completed within two hours. If biology test is held on the same day, we will have to allocate 100 marks to the subject and two more hours to the exam. Altogether a candidate will have to spend 10 hours for JEE which is impossible. Hence, JEE from 2014 may be taken on two different days. At the moment reducing weightage of Physics and Chemistry from 75 marks to 50 marks is unlikely," said a source in the higher education department.
After adding these subjects, WBJEE board sets three categories of questions. The first is one mark, second one in two marks and third is two marks with multiple choice answers.
"Till now, the JEE syllabus is based on West Bengal Higher Secondary syllabus. But many students from other boards like ICSE and CBSE also take the examination. Hence, we may urge the committee to combine the syllabus of all the three boards and prepare questions accordingly," a source said.