Students who appeared for the JEE had a tough time attempting the questions with stricter negative marking in place this year.
Around 1.26 lakh candidates appeared the JEE Advanced 2013 exam.
The question paper was divided into two parts - physics and chemistry in one and maths in the other.
A few aspirants comment that it was a tough paper and the different marking scheme made it more difficult and the questions were challenging in all subjects - Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Both three-hour papers totaled 360 marks, lower than previous years when the total was above 400.
Ishanka Mani, a student, said, "We did not know what the pattern of this new exam would be, so there was an element of surprise, but compared to previous years the exam was easy."
"I was expecting the chemistry part to be easier. I had practised a lot of questions but it was much tougher than I had expected," said Mayank Jain, a student of DAV Chandan Nagar.
Paper 2 also proved to be tricky as questions with multiple correct answers were thrown in with those with a single answer, leaving students confused.
However, another student Shubham Porlikar found the new format unsettling. "I found both Paper-I and Paper-II were tough even though I had prepared for a tough paper. They gave us a Paper-II with negative marking and that was a problem," he said. His friend Nirant Khot said, "They changed the pattern totally, as in Paper-I many unexpected questions were allotted for negative marking."
Rajnikant Bondre, owner of a coaching centre, said, "The paper was not that tough but still it was what we would expect of an IIT entrance exam. If students kept a cool mind and stuck to basics, then it should not be a problem at all." Results will be declared on June 23.