Over 4 lakh candidates at 1051 centres across the nation had appeared for the IIT-JEE 2011 on 10 April 2011 conducted for admissions into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). IIT-Kanpur has declared the answer keys of IIT-JEE revealing that questions of more than 30 marks were either wrong, ambiguous or had incomplete description with Six questions in Mathematics worth 22 marks and two in physics of eight marks.
IIT-Kanpur, which conducted the IIT-JEE this year, said that all student who took the paper will get 12 marks free. This includes the overall 30 marks and will raise the cutoff for Mathematics. In what may come as a major blow to many Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants, the IITs admitted that the question paper for the IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) that had been conducted last month had errors amounting to about 36 marks.
The errors in the paper can critically affect the admission chances of thousands of aspirants.The IITs have now offered marks in three questions to all 4.8 lakh aspirants who had appeared for the test this year.
The maximum damage because of the erroneous questions and the corrections that the IITs are trying to make by students who were able to spot the errors and had left the questions un-attempted due to fear of being negatively marked for incorrect answers.
There were errors worth 28 marks in the mathematics paper, which is more than the cutoff in the subject for the part four years, which is 1, 5, 7 and 11. This reveals the scale of the problem to be quite huge.Also, the physics paper had errors worth 8 marks whereas the cutoffs for general candidates in physics over the past four years are 4, 0, 8 and 19.
The multiple choice examination had consisted of two question papers. The first paper had errors worth 16 marks in four mathematics questions and another error in a four mark physics question.The second paper also had errors in a four mark physics question, and 12 marks worth of errors in two mathematics questions, one of which was worth eight marks.Also, certain questions that were supposed to have only one correct answer, had more than one.
This is the first time that IIT has released answer keys before the final results are out. IIT-JEE 2011 Results are expected to be declared on 25th May 2011.