Multiple-answer type questions confound JEE (advanced) students

Multiple-answer type questions confound JEE (advanced) students

 Students who took the Joint Entrance Exam (advanced) on Sunday had a tough time as all questions were of multiple-answer type and there was heavy negative marking.

The exam consisted of two question papers covering the three subjects of physics, chemistry and maths. While paper one was for 264 marks, the second paper was for 240 marks. Each paper had 60 questions.

Rahul Jana, a student from Deeksha Network, a coaching centre in Bengaluru, said the pattern this year was very different from previous years. “I had to be much more careful before picking an answer given the multiple choice. In previous years, there were single-answer type questions but this year there was none. The options were quite confusing and difficult to choose,” he said.

Jana said he had analysed both the papers, which showed a number of questions had a marking scheme of four (for correct answer) and -2 (for wrong answer) besides the 2 and -1 marked questions.

Ajay Antony, Course Director, JEE Training at TIME, a coaching centre, said: “Students found the format difficult as there were no single-correct answer type questions. The multiple-correct answer type was difficult due to heavy negative marking.” Another student, Arindam A Bhattacharya, found the paper “too lengthy”. “Last year, the exam was for a total of 360 marks. This year, however, it was for 504 marks, which just goes to show the amount of marks involved. I had to change my entire strategy. This huge difference has affected almost everybody and would definitely take its toll,” he said.

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