Students outside the examination center for JEE Mains exam at the entry gate of TCSION Digital Zone, near Sherpur Chowk in Ludhiana. (Photo by Harsimar Pal Singh Singh/Hindustan Times)
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On day four of the JEE Main Exam 1 for B.E and B.Tech courses, candidates found that the difficulty of the questions was moderate. The JEE main exam began on September 1st with B.Arch and B.Planning papers (paper-2). The exam ends on September 6th. The first shift test ended at 12 noon. The exam was conducted following all precautions, including social distancing, use of masks and disinfectants. The temperature of the students was checked before entering the examination room.

The level of difficult after student feedback on September 5, 2020:

Mathematics – intermediate level. Questions were asked in almost every chapter of Coordinate Geometry & Calculus. Few numerical questions required lengthy calculations. Less emphasis on algebra, but concepts from all chapters covered.

Physics – intermediate level. Few numerical questions had tedious calculations. Further questions from mechanics & modern physics.

Chemistry – easy to moderate. The questions came mainly from physical and organic chemistry. More theoretical questions. According to the student, the level of the questions was above the NCERT level. The numerical question had tedious calculations.

In terms of the order of difficulty levels, math and physics were equally difficult, and chemistry was easier in the three subjects. According to the students’ statements, this paper was of intermediate level.

Questionnaire template:

There were a total of 75 questions and the total score of JEE Main Paper-1 was 300.

The paper had three parts and each part had two sections:

Part I – Physics with a total of 25 questions – Sec-I had 20 multiple-choice questions with single correct answers and Sec-II had 5 numerical questions. The scoring scheme for multiple choice questions was +4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer, 0 if no attempt was made. The scoring scheme for numerically based questions was +4 for the correct answer and 0 for all other cases.

Part II – Chemistry with a total of 25 questions – Sec-I had 20 multiple-choice questions with single correct answers and Sec-II had 5 numeric questions. The scoring scheme for multiple choice questions was +4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer, 0 if no attempt was made. The scoring scheme for numerically based questions was +4 for the correct answer and 0 for all other cases.

Part III – Mathematics with a total of 25 questions – Sec-I had 20 multiple-choice questions with single correct answers and Sec-II had 5 numerical questions. The scoring scheme for multiple choice questions was +4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer, 0 if no attempt was made. The scoring scheme for numerically based questions was +4 for the correct answer and 0 for all other cases.

The questions covered almost all chapters of the CBSE board of grades XI and XII in all three subjects.

The level of difficult according to student feedback on September 5, 2020 (morning session).

Today’s JEE Main (Paper-1) Forenoon session paper was similar to the Jan session according to the students’ statements.

Students were given simple hard work papers.

There was strict supervision according to the students.

No errors were reported in the questionnaires.

The students had to leave in lots after 12:00. Proper social distancing was followed in the exam center.

(The author, Ramesh Batlish, is the head of FIITJEE Noida. HT assumes no responsibility for any decisions made based on this analysis.)

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