IIT-JEE 2012: Post-Examination Review by Resonance

IIT-JEE 2012
Examination Review by Resonance  
5 Lakh Plus Aspirants…1067 Test Centres…15 IITs…9618 seats
What a tremendous competition it has been! The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) successfully conducted their Joint Entrance Exam 2012 this Sunday, April 8, ’12, across the country. More than half a million students undertook this extremely strenuous exercise, and soon after it, they were desperate to latch on to any shred of news/analysis that can throw light on their performance & probability of selection in IITs. But, no peeking into crystal balls here. The Coaching centres had threadbare analyses, solutions, answer keys,  expert opinions on the question papers – exclusively done, right after the two papers that were held from 9 am to 12 noon and then from 2 pm to 5 pm.  
The exam was held in two parts and each paper was three-hour-long. There was a clear demarcation in the difficulty level of both the papers and many candidates felt that the first part was simpler than the second.
Mr. R.K Verma, MD & CEO, Resonance, Kota says, “The overall difficulty level of JEE 2012 can be rated as moderate, with Paper I fairly easier & scoring than Paper II, which was relatively tough & difficult to score. The students who had undergone serious preparation & are good in calculations could have found the test less taxing than average test-takers.”
Paper I, carried 210 marks this year, and seemed easier than Paper II which was for 198 marks. Each Paper carried 60 questions (20 each from Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) totaling to 120 questions of 408 marks for both the papers. Last year, both papers were for 240 marks each. 
As regarding syllabus coverage from Class XI & XII, Paper I had 35.71% weightage of marks on Class XI & 64.28% on Class XII. Similarly, in Paper II, Class XI had 33.83% weightage  &  66.16% as that of Class XII. Overall, both the Papers had 43 questions of 142 marks from Class XI and 77 questions of 266 marks from Class XII.  
Says Mr. R. K. Verma, MD & CEO, Resonance Kota: “Like every year, the paper-setters put a few questions that could test originality & innovativeness of the test-takers, and could name a few as the chosen ones from lakhs of aspirants. The cutoff for the test can be expected around 45% & above for entrance into IITs. The Top 10 All India Ranks can be expected at around 85% & above, and the students who score 75% & above may come under Top 100 AIRs.”  
This year also, JEE maintained its tradition and changed the pattern slightly and students had to answer for fewer marks. There was less number of questions per subject. The Papers had Single Choice Correct Multiple Options (Negative Marking of -1), Multiple Choice Correct Multiple Options, Single Digit Integer Type, Comprehension Single Choice Correct Multiple Options (Negative Marking of -1). The Matrix & Match types of questions which were time-consuming were absent this time.
This year’s test was different for many reasons.
IIT-JEE came with 10 versions of test papers, coded 0 to 9, as a measure to prevent cheating. For the first time, the test takers had to mark their answers with a pen and at the end of the exam, they could take a copy of their answer-sheets home.

Bird’s Eye View
Total no. of papers – 2 (Paper I & II)
Total no. of questions – 120 (60 in each paper)
Total Marks – 408 (Paper I – 210, Paper II – 198)
Total time – 6 hours (3 hours for each paper)
Question Type – Single Choice Correct Multiple Options (Negative Marking of -1), Multiple Choice Correct Multiple Options, Single Digit Integer Type, Comprehension Single Choice Correct Multiple Options (Negative Marking of -1) 
Difficulty Level – Moderate (Paper I fairly easy, Paper II relatively tough)
Medium of marking – Pen
Number of students appeared for test – Around 5.6 lakh
Number of seats – 9618
Top 10 AIRs – 85% & above
Top 100 AIRs – 75% & above
Expected cutoff – 45% & above

The results for the IIT-JEE test would be declared on or after May 18, 2012.
Students who took the IIT-JEE this year may be the last ones to do so in this format as the HRD Ministry is likely to introduce the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) from the next academic year. 

(Also available to read at http://www.resonance.ac.in/reso/form/Edu-news.aspx)

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