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IIT-JEE 2008 was more challenging than the previous versions of the test, feel experts

Kick-starting the entrance examination season with the toughest of all engineering entrance examinations, the IIT-JEE 2008 (Joint Entrance Examination for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology) went off with no unexpected twists in the tale, except for a small variation in mark distribution in the second paper and a relatively tougher and lengthier mathematics paper.

The students had no surprise element to complain about.

Following the recent Supreme Court decision to implement 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Castes, all existing IITs will carry out the reservation in three phases, implementing nine per cent reservation this year, while the three new institutes in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan will implement 27 per cent at one go.

IIT-JEE patterns are closely monitored both by students and the coaching institutes. The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to experts and students to form an analysis of the paper for the benefit of students who have already appeared for the exam as well as those who are preparing for future JEEs.

Aditya Kumar, who took a year off to write the entrance test this year, said: “The paper was too lengthy to solve and even the chemistry paper seemed a little tougher than usual.” His friend Harish agreed and said that the Mathematics section was tougher and some of the problems were too long for the objective format.

“The mathematics paper was tough in both sessions. Questions were challenging but those who identified and omitted those questions stand to gain,” said Ajay Arora of Triumphant Institute of Management Education (TIME).

While in 2007, both papers contained 69 questions each, this year the mark distribution was different but the difference is too minor to affect students. Experts also said that physical chemistry and modern physics sections were tougher than usual.

The cut-off for the mathematics paper is predicted to be much lesser than usual. Going by last year’s method, institutes such as TIME estimate the overall cut-off at 4 per cent which is a total of 167 marks.

Mathematics was the thorn in the flesh for the majority of students. In physics, the questions were uniformly distributed and the linked-assertion types were difficult. Experts say that IIT-JEE 2008 was more challenging than those in the previous years and chemistry was the only really scoring section.

Another variation in the matrix match section will come as good news to students. Previously students stood to lose all six marks even if the answer was partially right.

“The pattern was no different but the questions tested the genuine knowledge of subject. Students who will take the exam next year should study the basics thoroughly to face any twist,” Mr. Arora says.