Bangalore: Thousands of students in the State aspiring to study undergraduate engineering and architecture courses in some of the most prestigious institutions in the country appeared for JEE or the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) on Sunday.
An offline/pen and paper-based test, the exam was held at two centres: Hubli and Mangalore. The online test will be conducted on April 9, 11,12 and 19.
Most students whom Deccan Herald spoke to said the paper was relatively easy except for the “tricky” physics portion. The chemistry and mathematics papers were more or less straightforward, they said.
Neha Yalagachin, a student at Chinmaya PU College, Hubli, said the physics paper had a lot of concept-based questions which were difficult to be solved. “Chemistry was the easiest paper with straightforward questions. Maths was also easy with the scope for scoring high marks,” she said.
Deficit easily made
Dr Milind, vice president at Ace Creative Learning, a statewide coaching institute for various entrance exams, conceded that the physics paper was difficult but said the deficit could have been easily made up by scoring well in the maths and chemistry papers.
“The options to some of the questions were very close, making it difficult to hazard a guess and move,” he said. Experts at another coaching institute, BASE, said the paper was normal with few surprises.
Across the country, around 12 lakh students will take the JEE (Mains) which is a gateway to all centrally funded technical institutes, including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs). The top 1.5 lakh students from this test will write the JEE (Advanced) for admission to the 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).