An Analysis of JEE Main 2017 Question Paper

Difficulty level of JEE (Main) 2017 was moderate because a many questions were straight forward and could be easily solved by a student who has been preparing sincerely for the exam.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – a two phased exam, the first phase JEE (Mains) 2017 was held on Sunday for admissions in engineering colleges, including the National Institute of Technology NITs. This is also the qualifying examination for JEE (Advanced) – the second phase of the two-phased JEE meant to get into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Around 10 lakh students from across the country appeared at JEE (Main) 2017.

Difficulty Level of Exam
The difficulty level of JEE (Main) 2017 was moderate. A many questions were straight forward and could be easily solved by a student who has been preparing sincerely for the exam. However, following the tradition, some tricky questions were there too. In all the three subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry & Maths, 5-6 questions were framed quite differently. However there was no ambiguous question in the paper this year.

In Physics paper, overall questions were on easier side and straight forward as compared to last year. By and large, paper was on the expected lines without any element of surprise. Almost all the topics covered were prescribed by the CBSE for JEE (Main).

In Mathematics, the paper was balanced; only two-three questions were lengthy. However few questions were based on superficial knowledge. Questions were asked from all the chapters of the syllabus; and some questions touched the level of JEE (Advanced) Paper in terms of tricks and approach. Students confined to the NCERT and related text books found it difficult.

In Chemistry, question paper was quite balanced. Equal weightage was given to Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. However there was no question from topics like States of Matter, Chemistry in everyday life. Unlike last year, this year most of the questions were conceptual while lesser number of questions was memory based.
Those preparing in planned manner with consistent practice would have an extra edge in terms of speed and accuracy thereby enhancing their overall score. Practice can either be done at home or by joining coaching and guidance centre, which is full of the army of EXPERTS to avoid the glitches of remorse and the management of time.

NEET at the Feet of Judiciary

The long discussed and eagerly awaited verdict of the Apex Court regarding ordinance on National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test (NEET) for Medical Courses has brought in a balanced bet. During the cognisance and the pleading pulsation of the matter, the court found the ordinance disturbing and lacking in taste, and hinted that its legality was open to doubt. However, it is difficult to blame the Centre for resorting to the ordinance, which is aimed at resolving practical difficulties faced by many State governments in changing their admission policy at short notice.

Recently, a five-judge Bench recalled its 2013 verdict striking down the regulations by which NEET was sought to be introduced. Both state-run and aided or unaided private institutions were not covered by a common eligibility or entrance test in the past few years. The court’s decision to reinstate NEET and declare that it would be the sole means of admission from the current academic year itself came as a stunning blow to both the authorities and students. Thanks to the ordinance, this year’s MBBS admission is out of the way.

However, the fundamental question remains open: Do we need a National-Level Common Test, and if so, should it cover all institutions, government and private, aided or unaided and run by minorities or otherwise? NEET may be the answer to issues such as the need for an admission process that is “fair, transparent and non-exploitative” — the triple test laid down by the Supreme Court — and to curb the commercialisation of medical education.

It may also provide a national pool of eligible students from which government and other institutions could choose students in the order of merit on the basis of their reservation scheme or any other extant policy. However, the courts cannot be impervious to the other side. Aspirants belong to different States, speak different languages and come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Any common system that is introduced must be practical and feasible. It should not be hastily thrust on unwilling or unprepared sections of society without due deliberation.

The Bench that recalled the earlier verdict should hear the entire matter soon and pass a reasoned final judgment before the next academic year, spelling out the  ingredients for a common test that will impinge neither on the priorities of States nor the rights of minority institutions. Now, its judicial turn to deliver judgement with justification that might hay the balance of every corner. Over and above, the noble profession destined to serve the humanity must be the validating one so that competent Medicos come out to ensure the ray of hope on the scary healthcare landscape of India rather than pacifying the conundrum of diverse end meet.

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