IIT-JEE: More instances of ambiguity come to light

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 21:35

New Delhi: Allegations of ambiguity in
the IIT-JEE papers were made on Monday including that they carried
certain questions having more than one correct answer but the
complaints were refuted by the organisers.

There were certain questions in Section-II which were
carrying more than one correct answers. The instructions said
candidates will get partial marking for choosing partially
correct answers. These questions had no negative marks, an
IIT professor claimed.

"This provision could have allowed students to
exercise random choice. Without using mind, a student can
randomly blacken all bubbles and stand to get full marks," the
professor said.

The IIT-JEE for the first time introduced the
provision for partial marking. There were 15 such questions,
carrying 45 marks, in Section-II of the papers yesterday.

The papers had a few other questions where the
candidates were asked to make correct matching. But there was
possibility of more than one correct matching, the professor
said.

However, IIT-JEE authorities denied these allegations.
"If one student blackens all the bubbles, his answer
will be rejected," IIT-JEE organising chairman Prof T S
Natarajan said.

The IIT-JEE today also issued a statement, clarifying
that appropriate corrective actions would be taken during
evaluation to take care of printing errors in the papers.

"There was a minor error in the order of printing of
the subject headings (Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics) in
the ORS... One of the 10-codes (namely, Code 4) of the Hindi
version of Paper-1, Question 44 was not printed. Appropriate
corrective action will be taken during evaluation of the
papers," the statement said.

The test was conducted at 1,026 centres across the
country yesterday as nearly 4.72 lakhs students attempted the
examination for nearly 10000 seats in the 15 IITs, IT BHU and
ISM Dhanbad.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 21:35

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