The cut-offs for this year's Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced have gone up by 10-12% on an average, a trend that experts attributed to “one of the easiest question papers“ in a decade.
The Central Board of Secondary Education on Sunday declared results of the JEE (Advanced), a window for admission to 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology and other premier institutes of the country . From last year's 20.16%, the cut-off increased to 35% in 2017 for students to get into the top 20,000 list. From Pune, close to 300 students bagged slots in the common merit list.
“One of the factors is the bonus marks awarded to five questions,“ said Vaibhav Bakliwal, director of Bakliwal Tutorials. More than 180 students from his centre found place in the common merit list and 11 are among the 1,000 toppers in the JEE (Advanced).
“In the last 11 years, students scoring 48% on an average would be among the top 7000 in the all-India merit list.But this year, the percentage went up to 53.5. Students among the top 7000 can expect an IIT seat. Those among the top 12,000 can find admission to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research,“ IITian Prashikshan Kendra's Durgesh Mangeshkar said.
Besides the question paper being easy , Mangeshkar said, there was “no pattern shock or surprise questions that would confuse students“.
Prime Academy founderdirector Lalit Kumar said, “All students got 18 marks as bonus because of some mistakes in the paper. The students would have scored these 18 marks without even attempting the ambiguous problems.But many wasted 10-15 minutes solving those.“
Pritam Sengupta of Adhyayan Institute said students strong in mathematics could crack the paper because of relatively easy questions.