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IITs prepare remedial measures for errors in JEE

In the wake of several errors in the IIT-JEE papers this year, the elite institutes today devised multi-pronged remedial measures including scaling up the marks for the affected candidates.



New Delhi: In the wake of several errors in
the IIT-JEE papers this year, the elite institutes today
devised multi-pronged remedial measures including scaling up
the marks for the affected candidates for certain unprinted
and unreadable questions.

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs, the apex body to
decide the admission matters, today met here and evolved the
"corrective measures" to ensure that "genuine students are not
affected" by the errors in the exam which was taken by around
4.72 lakh candidates on April 11, 2010.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday asked the IITs to come
up with a remedial action plan within a week to ensure fair
evaluation of papers of IIT-JEE.

The JAB formulated a point-by-point remedial action and
put out the measures in the IIT-JEE website.

The papers carried a few printing errors as subject-heads
of mathematics and physics were interchanged. Besides,
question 44 in the mathematics section of paper 1 in code 4 of
the Hindi version was not printed. The Hindi version of the
papers also carried wrong instructions.

As per the English version of the paper, there were
certain questions carrying 48 marks. However, the Hindi
versions presented the same questions with wrong instruction
that they carried 18 marks.

"We are fully confident that there will be no problem
after the corrective measures are implemented," Director IIT
Madras, which coordinated the entrance, told PTI.

For the error of unprinted question, the optical response
sheet (ORS) of the candidates will be evaluated, omitting the
question 44 and the overall score for the mathematics section
of Paper 1 of those candidates will be appropriately scaled.

In a few cases, the question paper contained two
unreadable pages and two partially readable pages in the
Physics section of Paper 1.

Since the registration numbers of these candidates
have been taken note of at the time of the examination, their
ORS will be evaluated omitting the unreadable questions and
their scores for the Physics section of Paper 1 will then be
appropriately scaled.

For the error of interchanging of subject headings,
each ORS, both for Paper 1 and Paper 2, will be evaluated in
two ways -- sequential question number-wise and subject
headings-wise.

In each case the higher score of the two evaluations will
be taken as the candidate`s score. Should one of the ways of
evaluating lead to a mark below the minimum qualifying mark in
one of the subjects, the other way will be deemed to be the
higher of the two scores.

Similarly, for the error of wrong instructions with
regard to marks of certain questions, the corrective measure
says each question of section IV of Paper 2 will be evaluated
for eight marks.

The JAB ruled out holding of any re-examination in view
of the errors.

"Besides, the JAB will continue to monitor the
implementation of these measures till the process of admission
is over," Ananth said.

Sibal last week summoned Ananth and expressed concerns
over the mistakes in the papers of IIT-JEE. The IIT directors
had met at IIT-Kanpur on Sunday also over this issue.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has written to Sibal
seeking cancellation of the test. A PIL seeking cancellation
of the IIT-JEE and conduct of a fresh entrance has been filed
in Delhi High Court.

PTI

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