Dilip Vaidya, director of academics at a city-based coaching institute said, "Compared to last year's AIEEE paper, this was easier. The questions were direct and extremely well balanced with respect to the topic. The questions were also graded and the difficulty level was spread across the subjects well. The cutoffs are sure to rise this year though we cannot make a comparison since this is the Mains exam."
Maduri Potwar, director at the city branch of a national coaching institute, agreed that the cutoffs would head north. "The paper was not tough and this means students will be scoring higher. In fact, two or three questions were directly taken from previous year's IIT-JEE papers," she said.
Nisha Kothari, owner of a local coaching centre, said, "Maths is usually the toughest in these type of papers but this time it was different. This will obviously increase the cut-off as we all had anticipated earlier. Students have said they found the paper easier than anticipated and some even said that certain questions were taken directly from previous year's paper."
Around 420 students from across Goa and other neighbouring areas including Kholapur and Ratnagiri answered the exam held from 9.30am to 12.30am. A police team from the Maina Curtorim police station was on guard during the exam.
In Gujarat over 94,000 HSC (science) students have registered for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main, common admission test for admission to engineering colleges across the country and state on 7th April, i.e. on Sunday. There are 112 centres for the off-line exam - answered using pen and paper. Gujarat has nine centres, namely Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bhuj, Godhra, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Navsari, Valsad and Anand.
In Assam over 15,000 aspirants took the first Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) here on Sunday. Students say that the paper was comparatively easier than last year's. The physics questions were a bit conceptual, chemistry was easier and math was of a moderate level.
While students felt that the Physics paper was quite tricky but, was not difficult to solve them others felt that the physics section had questions that are usually asked in board examinations and not in competitive exams. Also, Chemistry had about five to six information-based questions while rest of the questions were conceptual."
Glitches In JEE Main 2013 Offline Exam
Errors in JEE Paper: The coaching classes in Mumbai have claimed that, there were errors in questions carrying at least 12 and up to 20 marks in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main conducted on Sunday. Pravin Tyagi, managing director of IITians' Pace, a coaching institute for JEE, said, "There were at least three questions with factual errors in the chemistry section that need to be mentioned." In one of the questions, students had to identify a wrong statement, but none of the statements given were wrong. He added that there were a couple of more questions, which were debatable. Other coaching institutes confirmed the errors.
Traveling Issues: Several students had to travel from small towns to Thane and Kalyan on Sunday to give the JEE. Moreover, Parents who dropped their wards to the exam centres, complained of not having inadequate facilities at the centres.
A 48-hour Bandh In Ranchi: The bandh was carried out from Friday onwards. Jharkhand having three centres for the examination - one each in Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur - had more than 35,000 students from across the state to take up the JEE Main examination. Students traveling from other parts of the state found it very difficult to reach their exam centres. Also, Parents were stressed out for their wards in such situation.
Many Students Missed Exams In Rajasthan: Several students turned up at Sanganer police station on Saturday morning seeking passes to go to their exam centres. Commissioner of police Biju George Joseph, who was at the police station, issued a message that students be allowed to go to their exam centres on the basis of their admit cards. However, as per reports, several students missed the exams. Moreover, a social activists had demanded that students appearing in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) to be held on Sunday should be provided transport by administration to their respective centres.