West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations (WBJEE) Board has changed the eligibility criteria and exam pattern for the exam WBJEE to be conducted in the year 2014.
Recently, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, had proposed to change the eligibility criteria for admission to Engineering and Medical courses.
AICTE has given permission to the candidates who have studied Computer Science, Mechanics or Bio-Technology instead of Chemistry subject in classes 11 and 12, to apply in the entrance exam.
Now, West Bengal JEE board is considering to change the WBJEE exam eligibility criteria and exam pattern.
Earlier, candidates who have secured a minimum of 45% in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for Engineering courses and Biology for Medical courses, will be eligible to take WBJEE exam.
According to the new rule, candidates who have studied any allied subject of Chemistry with 45% marks would be eligible for respective disciplines.
This rule gives hope to the candidates who studied subjects like Computer Science, Mechanics or Bio-Technology in 10+2 to get seats in Engineering and Medical courses.
WBJEE board is also looking for changing the exam pattern.
The current WBJEE pattern consists of three categories of questions, one mark MCQ, two marks MCQ with single correct answer and the two marks MCQ with multiple answers.
An increase in the 2 marks MCQ with multiple correct answers category has been proposed with a reduction of the questions in the other categories. The other proposal is to reduce the number of question in the paper and raise the difficulty of the exam.
The weightage for the Physics and Chemistry in WBJEE 2013 was increased from 50 marks to 75 marks.
Time given to students for these subjects was three hours - one and half hour for each subject. Maths being a 100 mark paper was to be solved in two hours.
From 2014, WBJEE board will conduct WBJEE entrance exam for admission to Medical courses across the state.
Therefore, the WBJEE board is considering to hold the WBJEE 2014 on two different days as any other changes in marks. The paper pattern will lead to confusion amongst the students considering that changes therein have been recent unlike in 2012. When the WBJEE was conducted on the same day with Biology (100), Mathematics (100) and Physics, Chemistry (100) were to be written in two hours each with an hour break in between.