JEE exam: Students claim difficult papers; physics most taxing

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) - Advanced which determines admissions to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) was held across country on Sunday. The examinations, which for the first time, had a strict dress code to ensure there are no malpractices, was also a difficult one according to students. Subject experts have also reiterated same opinion about the difficulty levels of the papers comparing papers with that of last few years.

Around two lakh students appeared for the test across country who were shortlisted after the JEE - Main examination that was conducted in April. While students and experts have expressed how all sections of the examination were difficult, most expressed worries about physics papers.

Preey Shah, state topper from the JEE Main said, "The papers were really tough especially the physics section. I was tensed during examination but afterwards I got to know how everybody is in the same situation.

Vinay Kumar, MD & CEO of Rao IIT Academy, an expert from city based coaching centre said, "This year's examination was one of the most difficult ones compared to last few years. Due to this students' should expect low cut-offs this year."

However, R L Trisha, Director of FIITJEE, another coaching institute, said, "There were couple of questions in each subject which were tricky but certainly not out of reach for students. Though difficulty levels were high, a student who has studied regularly and has all concepts cleared would have been able to solve most of the questions."

While the dress code and other conduct rules were much strict this year not allowing students to wear full sleeves, boots or shoes with heels or carry water-bottles or tiffin boxes, coaching centres from the city came to the rescue of students outside test centres. Air conditioned vans were standing outside few test centres to help students rest during two papers.

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