STSE (Senior – 2015 (Rajasthan) Exam: A Detailed Analysis by Resonance

 ABOUT STSE (Rajasthan) Senior Exam

Every year, Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education conducts “Science Talent Search Examination (STSE)” for Science and Technology Department, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur. This year too, this exam has been conducted on Sunday, November 01, 2015.


Based on the question paper analysis of STSE – 2015 held on November 01, 2015, there were 2 papers paper with details given in the table below:

1. Physics 30 30
2. Chemistry 30 30
3. Mathematics (Optional) 30 30
4. Biology (Optional) 30 30
5. Mental Aptitude/ Language (Paper 2) 90 90

* Students had to choose either one of the Biology and Mathematics from Paper 1 while Paper 2 was common for both.


All students of affiliated/ approved schools in state (Central, Public, Convent, Private, Government, Semi-government etc.) who are currently studying in class XII are eligible to give this examination. Students can attempt only one of the Biology and Mathematics according to their stream while Physics and Chemistry is compulsory for students.


Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, General Science, Mental Aptitude.


STSE – 2015 (Rajasthan) was conducted on Sunday, November 1st, 2015. A total number of 180 questions were asked. Question format was multiple choice with only one correct option out of four with no negative marking. Each question was worth 1 points, making total paper worth 180. 90 questions were to be answered from Subject knowledge (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/ Biology) while 90 questions were to be answered from mental aptitude and language aptitude.

Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

In this analysis we have rated every question on a scale of 1 to 3. The ratings are done by expert faculty of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

  • 1: Easy
  • 2: Moderate
  • 3: Difficult
Subject Difficulty Level
Physics 1.3
Chemistry 1.1
Mathematics 1.17
Biology 1.07
MA/ Language 1.4
Overall Average (B/M) 1.28/1.30


Subject wise Level of Difficulty Analysis

No of Qs Total Marks No of Qs Total Marks No of Qs Total Marks
Physics 23 23 5 5 2 2
Chemistry 28 28 1 1 1 1
Mathematics 26 26 3 3 1 1
Biology 28 28 2 2 0 0
MA/ Language 62 62 20 20 8 8
GRAND TOTAL (B/M)* 141/139 141/139 28/29 28/29 11/12 11/12

* Grand Total calculated for Biology and Mathematics Stream separately.

Resonance Experts feel that all subjects were of similar difficulty level, while Chemistry was on easier side compared with Physics & Mathematics. Mental Aptitude and Language was on a relatively difficult side. For Mathematics Stream Students, around 139 Marks can be considered easy overall, 29 marks are relatively difficulty and 12 marks are considered difficult by Resonance Team. For Biology Stream Students, around 141 Marks can be considered easy overall, 28 marks are relatively difficulty and 11 marks are considered difficult by Resonance Team.

Overall, it is felt that while paper is relatively easy like last year, the cut-off may remain same as last year.

Mark Wise Difficulty Breakup



Physics Analysis

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Unit & Topic Name Total Marks % Weightage
Current Electricity 3 3.33%
Electro Magnetic Induction And AC 2 2.22%
Electrostatics 1 1.11%
EM Waves &  Communications 2 2.22%
Fluids Mechanics 2 2.22%
Geometrical Optics 2 2.22%
Gravitation 1 1.11%
KTG & Thermodynamics 2 2.22%
Magnetism 1 1.11%
Modern Physics 5 5.56%
Projectile Motion & Kinematic 2 2.22%
Semi-Conductors 2 2.22%
Shm 1 1.11%
Sound Waves And String Waves 1 1.11%
Work Energy And Power 3 3.33%

Chemistry Analysis

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Unit & Topic Name Total Marks % Weightage
Aldehyde And Ketone 1 1.11%
Aldehyde And Ketone 1 1.11%
Bimolecule 1 1.11%
Chemical Bonding 6 6.67%
Chemical Kinetics 1 1.11%
Chemistry In Everyday Life 1 1.11%
D & F Block 1 1.11%
Electro Chemistry 1 1.11%
Goc 2 2.22%
Hydrocarbon 1 1.11%
Ionic Equilibrium 2 2.22%
Metallurgy 2 2.22%
Mole Concept 2 2.22%
P- Block 4 4.44%
Polymer 1 1.11%
S- Block 2 2.22%
Surface Chemistry 1 1.11%

Mathematics Analysis (Optional Paper)

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Unit & Topic Name Total Marks % Weightage
3d Geometry 1 1.11%
Appication Of Derivatives 2 2.22%
Area 1 1.11%
Binomial Therorem 1 1.11%
Circle 1 1.11%
Complex Number 1 1.11%
Coordinate Geometry 1 1.11%
Definite Integration 1 1.11%
Determinant 1 1.11%
Differentiability 1 1.11%
Differentiation 2 2.22%
Function 2 2.22%
Indefinite Integration 2 2.22%
Inverse Trigonometry 1 1.11%
Matrix 2 2.22%
Parabola 1 1.11%
Permutation And Combination 2 2.22%
Probability 1 1.11%
Progression 1 1.11%
Set Theory 1 1.11%
Statistics 1 1.11%
Trigonometry 2 2.22%
Vectors 1 1.11%


Biology Analysis (Optional Paper)

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Unit & Topic Name Total Marks % Weightage
Biology In Human Welfare 6 6.67%
Cytology 1 1.11%
Diversity In Living World 6 6.67%
Ecology 1 1.11%
Genetics 1 1.11%
Physiology 9 10.00%
Plant Morphology 2 2.22%
Reproduction 2 2.22%
Structural Organisation In Animals 2 2.22%

Mental Aptitude and Language (PAPER 2)

Topic wise Allocation of Marks

Unit & Topic Name Total Marks % Weightage
LCT 40 44.44%
Autonyms 2 5.00%
Clause Analysis 2 5.00%
Determiner 2 5.00%
Fill up/ Connection 4 10.00%
Fill up/ Phrasal Verb 4 10.00%
Framing Question 1 2.50%
Modal 3 7.50%
Naration 2 5.00%
Passive 2 5.00%
Phrase 1 2.50%
Punctuation error 2 5.00%
Sentence Ordering 2 5.00%
Spelling Correction 2 5.00%
Subject verb Agreement 2 5.00%
Synonyms 4 10.00%
Tag Question 1 2.50%
Tense 2 5.00%
Transformation 2 5.00%
MAT 50 55.56%
alphabet series 1 2.00%
Alphabet test 3 6.00%
Analogy 2 4.00%
Arithmetic Reasoning 2 4.00%
Blood Relation 4 8.00%
classification 2 4.00%
coding decoding 2 4.00%
Counting the figure 2 4.00%
Cube Test 1 2.00%
Decision Making 2 4.00%
Dice Test 1 2.00%
Direction sense test 2 4.00%
Figure completion 2 4.00%
Figure formation 4 8.00%
Logical Sequence of Words 2 4.00%
Mathematical Operation 2 4.00%
Mirror Image 2 4.00%
Missing Terms In Figure 2 4.00%
non verbal analogy 2 4.00%
Non verbal classification 1 2.00%
non verbal series 2 4.00%
number series 1 2.00%
Ranking And Ordering 1 2.00%
Symmetry with Origin 1 2.00%
Venn Diagram 2 4.00%
Water Image 2 4.00%
Grand Total 90 100.00%

Expected Cutoff

Overall, it is felt that while paper is relatively easy like last year, the cut-off may remain same as last year.

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Performance of Resonance in JEE Advanced 2015:

Resonance is India’s leading coaching Institute which offers Classroom Coaching Programs for preparation of JEE Advanced & JEE Mains. Institute registered 4124 selections in JEE Advanced 2015 (2570 from classroom and 1554 from distance learning). This feat is best in whole India from any Single Institute of Kota and Resonance repeated it consecutively for third year. Total 11 ranks from Classroom Courses are in Top 150. Earlier, total 11561 candidates from Resonance were declared qualified to appear for JEE Advanced 2015 after appearing in JEE Mains 2015.

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KVPY-2015 (STREAM – SA): A Detailed Analysis by Resonance


The “Kishore VaigyanikProtsahanYojana” (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students who are studying Basic Sciences to take up research career in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

This program aims to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided to the selected KVPY Fellows up to the pre Ph.D. level or 5 years whichever is earlier. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country. Continue reading

Jamia likely to admit Engineering Students through JEE Main Score

Jamia Millia Islamia University is likely to do away with its entrance exam for engineering courses and admit students through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

The JEE-Main which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is used as a selection examination for all central government-funded technical schools, including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), while students opting for the IITs need to clear the JEE-Advanced exam. “We have initiated process for the same and have approached the concerned authorities. There are certain procedures that need to be followed, hopefully we will be able to admit the students through JEE exam from the next academic session,” Jamia VC Talat Ahmad told reporters here. Continue reading

Board Percentage dominates JEE Main Score for admission in NITs. Should be scraped, says Expert Panel.

Many students with the problem-solving skills required of engineers are losing out on National Institutes of Technology seats because of the weightage given to admission seekers’ board scores, two expert panels have said.

These panels have forwarded several arguments to recommend that the NITs scrap the 40 percent board weightage and admit students solely on the basis of their scores in the JEE Main, which now receive 60 percent weightage.

The 31 NITs are in favour of dropping the board weightage, introduced in 2013. But they want to follow the premier Indian Institutes of Technology in admitting students on the basis of their scores in the JEE Advanced, which only the top 1.5 lakh JEE Main performers can take. The government is yet to take a final decision on either issue.

One of the panels was appointed by the Union human resource development ministry and was headed by IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar. The JEE Apex Board had appointed the other, headed by Rajat Moona, director-general of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.

Following is the JEE Mains 2015 selection stats of Resonance across its various centres in India.

Study Centre Name Number of Selections
Kota 12871
Jaipur 1116
Lucknow 927
Nagpur 848
Mumbai 538
Udaipur 271
Delhi 297
Ahmedabad 240
Bhopal 213
Agra 175
Kolkata 167
Nanded 167
Jodhpur 172
Sikar 113
Bhubaneswar 110
Indore 90
Allahabad 72
Raipur 54
Visakhapatnam 53
Gwalior 51
Patna 50
Jabalpur 40
Surat 34
Ajmer 32
Nashik 27
Ranchi 25
Dehradun 22
Vadodara 21
Rajkot 10
Bhav Nagar 7
Aurangabad 2
Chandrapur 1
YCCP 18816
DLPD 6726
Total 25542

Here are some of the findings by the Panel:

• A few candidates with very poor – even negative – JEE Main scores but good board percentiles this year received higher ranks on the merit list than some with far better JEE Main scores but poor board percentiles, the Moona panel has found. (See chart)

• A student with zero marks in the JEE Main can earn a rank of about 65,000 thanks to his board marks, the Khakhar panel calculated.

• The Khakhar panel quoted parents who had presented calculations to show that a one percent difference in candidates’ board marks can sometimes separate them by 2,000 ranks on the merit list while a 10 percent difference in JEE Main marks can have much less impact. The panel, however, gave no details.

These examples suggest that candidates’ marks in their board exams – which do not generally test their problem-solving abilities – can sometimes influence the merit list more than their scores in the JEE Main, which does test these abilities. The panels, therefore, felt the present system was hurting many deserving candidates.

• The Khakhar panel felt that one of the objectives behind the weightage accorded to board marks – that it would encourage students to pay more attention to their school education – was misplaced since only a tiny fraction of school children took the JEE. Administrative measures alone can improve school education, it said.

• One other objective behind the board weightage was to boost rural and girl students’ admission to the NITs. The Moona panel found that this had been achieved to an extent. From 27.67 percent in 2012, rural students’ proportion among the top one lakh rankers increased to 29.47 percent in 2013, 30.79 in 2014, and 30.20 in 2015.

Girls’ participation increased from 22.34 percent of candidates in 2012 to 25.52, 26 and 25.79 percent, respectively, in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Their proportion among the top one lakh rankers rose from 18.57 to 22.75, 22.55 and 22.25 percent.

• Some or other among the country’s 30-odd school boards delays the publication of its results every year, holding up the admission process.

• The Moona panel found that some boards offer only four courses in Class XII while some others offer five, six or seven. Since the board weightage is calculated on the basis of a candidate’s five best-scoring subjects, the boards that offer just four courses cite physical education as the fifth.

However, a candidate’s scores in physical education provide little insight into his academic capabilities, the panel said.

• The Moona panel highlighted the problem of rank allotment to students who seek re-evaluation (or a revision of the calculation) of their board marks. Since their results arrive later than those of others, they are assigned fractional ranks — say, 100.1 or 100.2 if they fall between the already declared 100th and 101st rankers.

Although this does not interfere with merit-based selection, the panel objected on the ground that under this system, the lower ranks do not reflect a candidate’s real position.

The Khakhar panel also questioned the process of normalizing candidates’ board scores, which is necessitated by the boards’ differing degrees of generosity in awarding marks, but did not cite specifics. Nor did it suggest ways of improving the normalization process, perhaps because it wants the board weightage scrapped altogether.

At the October 1 meeting of the NIT Council, some members said the board weightage had helped more girls and rural students secure admission. Another committee will be set up to study the impact of the board weightage in detail.

Source: Telegraph India

Performance of Resonance in JEE Main 2015:

Resonance observed more than 25000 selections in JEE Main 2015. All these students were qualified to attend the counselling of JEE Main. Total 11 students of Resonance, 3 from the Regular Classroom Program and 8 Students from Distance Learning Program of Resonance have made it to the Top 100 club in the declared Merit List of the General Category Students. Total 11561 candidates out of these were declared qualified to appear for JEE Advanced 2015 after appearing in JEE Main 2015.

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Frequently Asked Questions for JEE Advanced 2016.

JEE Advanced 2016 organisation responsibility has been given to IIT Guwahati. Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers to clear the doubts you may have.

1) I have taken admission into one of the NITs in 2015. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2016?

Yes. Candidates who have taken admissions in NITs in 2015 are also eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2016, if they satisfy all other eligibility criteria given here.

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JEE Advanced 2016 Website Launched. Guwahati will be the responsible IIT.

Website for JEE Advanced 2016 has been launched on Thursday, 22nd October. This year, IIT Guwahati has been given the responsibility to conduct this prestigious engineering entrance exam. The date of the exam has not been declared yet but it is announced that this year too, the exam will be having 2 papers of 3 hours each. The timing of these papers will be 9 AM to 12 PM and then 2 PM to 5 PM. Earlier, there were proposals for single exam and single rank for admission in IIT’s and NIT’s but it is mostly unlikely to happen in this session. Still the final decision is yet to be taken by the committee.

Certain eligibility criteria announced on JEE Advanced 2016 website are as follows:

Criterion 1 – Age limit.

The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1991 if belonging to the GEN or OBC-NCL category and on or after October 1, 1986 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.

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AIPMT: Academician seeks ministry intervention on CBSE ‘no info’ reply

Following a ‘no information’ reply by CBSE on an RTI asking information about the refund of amount that candidates had deposited for filing objections in AIPMT question paper, an academician has written to ministry of human resource and development for necessary action. Many candidates had filed three to four objections, with each questions costing Rs 1,000. However, later the exam was cancelled by the Supreme Court.

Questioning CBSE’s reply that “requisite information is not available in the CBSE and is not in larger public interest”, Arvind Goyal who had filed the RTI application, stated, “If the students have submitted Rs 1,000 per objection filed through the required channel as mentioned by the CBSE on their website, then how is it possible that there is no record available for the amount of money remitted to CBSE through the objections filed? Continue reading