Sunday, April 15, 2012

IIT aspirants fume over errors in JEE

A week after the IIT-JEE (Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Exam) was held across the country, students are now raising doubts over a question carrying three marks in the Physics section of paper-II. Although the question was correct, students allege that there was a printing error in the diagram on which it was based. While the question said there was a shaded region in the disc, several students claimed that none of the regions were shaded. But IITs wont give compensation marks as it wasnt a major issue.

A part of question in the Physics section stated that "the disc has a shaded region on one side of its diameter and unshaded region on the other side as it is shown in the figure". The question set a condition for the students and gave them four options based on the shaded and unshaded regions. Several students who got paper code four and seven have complained about the circle being completely white with no shaded region. Some students, who got other paper codes, claimed that the same question in their code had the shaded portion. The organisers of IIT-JEE usually print different question papers with the same questions but change in the order in which they are asked.

One of the students, who got question paper code number four, said, "When I read the question, I was little puzzled. I wondered whether the question meant that there should have been a shaded region. I tried to look at the question paper carefully and lifted it against the light to see if it was shaded, but it was not. I, finally, decided to take a guess and shaded the left side of the disc myself and attempted the question. If my guess is wrong, the answer will also go wrong." It was the third question in his paper code.

Another student, who attempted JEE for the second time this year, said, "I have taken several entrance exams and this was my second JEE. I know for sure that if the question says that a portion is shaded, it needs to be shaded. Both the regions on the disc were totally plain. Three marks are really crucial for an important exam like JEE." This student got paper code number seven.

Source: The Times of India, April 15, 2012

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