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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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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JEE (Main) 2015: A Detailed Analysis by Resonance Expert Team

JEE (Main) 2015

A Detailed Analysis (Cut-off, Answer Key, Solution and Subject-Wise Discussion) by Resonance 

On 4th April 2015, JEE (Main) 2015 was conducted for students opting to take this exam by offline mode. This is the third edition of this exams after wide ranging changes were introduced 2 years ago by CBSE and Ministry of HRD. Over 13 Lakh students have filled application form for JEE (Main) 2015 in offline and online modes this year. JEE (Main) 2015 was conducted in two parts (Paper 1 and Paper 2).

Paper 1 was conducted from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Paper 2 for B. Arch. Aspirants was conducted from 2 PM to 5 PM. Paper 1 of JEE (Main) was for students vying for engineering seats in Engineering colleges, while paper 2 this Exam was for students willing for B. Arch degrees across India. The Analysis below pertains to only Paper 1, which was for Engineering Aspirants. Continue reading

Resonance IIT-JEE 2010 Solutions Paper I (English)

Resonance IIT-JEE 2010 Solutions Paper I (English)

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Arun Majumdar, a harbinger of ‘Obama vision’, is putting in his heart & soul in bringing about a change which a must to Resurrect the society from turbulence to peace and from exploiting the limited sources of nature to their optimum usage.

Today the entire world is writhing under the juggernaut of the scarcity of natural resources. In the technocratic world, where the rat race for better standard of living luster the human eye, ignoring the grave fact of continuous depletion of natural resources. Carrying the ‘Obama Vision’ bold and loud, Arun Majumdar is determined to bring an ‘Energy Renaissance’ by designing buildings to be super energy efficient and then generating any energy they need through rooftop solar, creating the possibility of net-zero energy buildings. ‘Zero net energy a goal for every home’, the renaissance man is determined give a fillip to the general society, who can crowbar the entire generation, who can lift the entire society to a higher standard of life, and such men are mighty.

The fragrance his thoughts, the might and glory of his ideals give the momentum to the society for its benefit. Arun Majumdar’s significant contributions in cutting gas emissions and improving energy efficiency made him reach the epitome of a visionary. His diligent act, his passion to excel, his gusto to improve, his spirit to consume his present abilities to the fullest ignited him with a spark to unleash the portals of excellence in his each and every endeavor, Arun Majumdar, truly a pride of India, has writ large his name not only in the tabloids of America but also on the key administration post dealing with energy research.

Arun Majumdar, an amalgamation of proficiency and efficiency, has made Indian existence & its education bold & vociferous in the firmament of change. A product of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 and his Ph.D. In 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Arun Majumdar, a harbinger of ‘Obama vision’, is putting in his heart & soul in bringing about a change which a must to resurrect the society from turbulence to peace and from exploiting the limited sources of nature to their optimum usage. Arun Majumdar is the Director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), an organization tasked with reducing America’s reliance on foreign energy supplies, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and improving energy efficiency.

Majumdar also held the position of the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Majumdar with his proven dexterity to bring skill, dedication and expertise in the important and key areas in Obama administration propelled the president of ‘Super power’ to work in close proximity with him.

Majumdar owns a highly distinguished research career in the science and engineering of energy conversion, transport, and storage ranging from molecular and nanoscale level to large energy systems. For his pioneering work, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. In 1997, he held the Almy and Agnes Maynard Chair Professorship in the College of Engineering and headed the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Majumdar cemented the Lab’s role as a world renowned leader in energy efficiency research in close collaboration with India and China, a feat the White House has been quick to recognize and reward.

At Berkeley Labs and University of California, he helped shape several strategic initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy as well as energy storage, and testified before Congress on how to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

He has served on the advisory committee of the National Science Foundation’s engineering directorate, was a member of the advisory council to the materials sciences and engineering division of Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences, and was an advisor on nanotechnology to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Majumdar has also been an entrepreneur and has served as an advisor to startup companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

At the time when Washington is hectoring the world, principally India and China, to cut emissions, amid a growing trade and job protectionism, an (Indian) immigrant engineer-scientist heading the premier agency sounds pretty strange but Majumdar, an articulate persona, considers that holding a key position under Obama is a rare privilege and an honor especially when the President finds an individual capable in such a pivotal capacity. Majumdar being a part of Obama administration sends ripples across the country’s scientific-academic community.

“I came to this country as an immigrant and am deeply appreciative and indebted to this nation for opening the doors and welcoming me with open arms. I have received so much. This is my way of stepping up and paying back”, says Majumdar.

Not that the IIT-Bombay graduate has forsaken his roots in fact, according to him his roots may well have been responsible for his nomination.

Among the lab’s partnerships is the Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment brings together researchers from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, and other US and Indian universities and institutions, with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining sustained economic growth in both nations.

Another partnership between the Lab and China’s Tsinghua University is to promote the shared development and implementation of building energy efficiency, a move intended to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the US and China.

In fact, Majumdar’s mentor in academia was Professor Chang-Lin Tien, a legendary Chinese Don who went to become the Chancellor of UC Berkeley in 1990, the first Asian to head a major university in the United States. Majumdar’s India-China connections helped him get noticed and awarded by Obama for wonderfully carrying out Obama vision as the two countries are being considered pivotal in the upcoming energy debate.

For more than a decade, Majumdar, who is also the founding chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Nanotechnology Institute, has been the country’s leading materials scientist, making spectacular advances in energy conservation. He was recently credited with developing a way to use silicon nanowires to capture and use the energy lost as heat during the production of electricity. The futuristic technology could someday be used to convert the large amounts of waste heat into useful electricity.

Arun Majumdar cultivated a system of order in our inner equipments of experiences and his exemplary foray in harmonizing the lives of the individuals makes him the uncrowned king and truly a ‘Green Czar’.