Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Thousands of aspirants appeared for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for pursuing technical education across the State on Sunday amidst reports of leakage of question papers 24 hours before the examination schedule.

About 85000 students had enrolled in this year’s JEE for taking admission into different colleges of engineering, medical, management and pharmacy. “The JEE results are expected to be declared on June 11 and we are preparing to start counselling on July 11,” JEE chairman R. R. Das said over phone from Rourkela. Successful candidates would compete on basis of their rankings for over 26000 seats in engineering stream, 700 seats for MBBS and associate course and 2000 each seats from management and masters in computer applications programmes.

Reports of leak of question papers threatened to push the JEE into controversy. A set of questions on physics, chemistry and mathematics were said to have been sold at a price of Rs. 15000 on Saturday. And many gullible parents and students paid handsome amount to purchase the set of questions.

When asked JEE Vice Chairman A. N. Acharya confirmed that they had come across a question paper set which was said to be in circulation among aspirants.

“Heartening news is that the set of question paper turned out to be a fake one. I have personally compared 180 questions (60 each from physics, chemistry and mathematics) with our original question paper. Not a single question has the similarities,” Mr. Acharya said. The JEE Vice-Chairman was in favour of strict action against mischief mongers. “We will bring the issue to notice of government with a request that appropriate action should be taken against culprits as the credibility of the State-level examination was at stake,” he said.