In an attempt to ensure good quality of students enter their premier institutes, the IITs upped their game this year. JEE (Advanced) 2018 stumped thousands of aspirants on Sunday with IITs introducing a major component on non–MCQs (multiple-choice questions also termed numerical-answer type questions) in paper I and II. In almost 45% of the 54 questions in each paper, students had to arrive at a numerical value and no range was provided.
Last year, section 2 in each of the three subjects in paper I had five questions which had a single-digit integer ranging from 0-9, as answer. This year, section 2 in each of the three subjects in paper I and II had answers in numerical values. And students were told that the answer could be any numerical value (rounded off to second decimal place, for example 6.25, 7.00,-127.30, 30.27).
“The IITs did not give a limited range which helped students to cross-check their answers…This year, there was no range given and answers could be negative too. The quality of questions was better than previous year’s,” said Aditya Singh, an aspirant from Mumbai.
No errors were reported as the question papers were not uploaded by the IITs till late night.
SOURCE: Times of India
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