JEE- Lost in Translation?

It is no well-kept secret that the JEE this year was rather eventful, with much fodder for gossip provided to the media, print or otherwise.  An entire nation was entertained by the latest shenanigans of the education ministry and the IITs, what with all the JEE bungling. Alarmed students crossed their fingers, a disgruntled Nitish Kumar hankered for re-examination, Kapil Sibal gasped for air despite all his glibness, and JEE chairmen scurried for cover. To add to the list of goof-ups, 52 students were wrongly invited for admissions, only to be shown the door later. Et cetera.

That JEE 2010 might have unwittingly resulted in random selections is not an unjustifiable concern. The situation could not have been salvaged by any degree of corrective measures, the assurances of the JEE chairman, and Mr. Sibal, notwithstanding. All this at a time when everybody is complaining of the deteriorating IIT standards. 

“I can’t tell at the moment what the nature of remedial action will be, but I can assure the solution is available; it is inbuilt into the system. There will be substantial justice for the students.”

As if this was not enough, an unapologetic denudation of the same system revealed clandestine quotas and other skeletons in the IIT closet. And another nail was driven into the coffin.

A flawed system set for overhaul cannot be a surprise then. It is ironic, however, that Sibal et al. are high on an aptitude test that America wants to scrap (read the SAT). Of all the hare-brained schemes, it is hard to imagine how such a standardized test can predict performance equally for wildly different curricula and socio-economic backgrounds, especially in our country.

An issue that no one seems to care a hoot about is the imminent merger of engineering and medical tests, the AIEEE and the AIPMT. Such a combined examination will be cruelly indifferent to the plight of all those who prepare for both the disciplines in a bid to keep their options alive.

While the system decidedly needs a revamp, discarding it altogether would be a shame, and is not a solution. A much beleaguered Sibal might have discovered this by now, badgered as he has been by alumni across the globe.

“To abolish the JEE would be tantamount to finding a key ingredient of a winning formula and removing it. There is no scientific basis whatsoever for doing this, no scientific evidence whatsoever that the Global IIT brand would be improved, and no scientific evidence whatsoever that any generally accepted objective would be achieved.”

If the existing JEE system allows abuse, then what is essential is to plug the loopholes, and not simply throw our baby out with the bath water.

[Read more at Nanopolitan.]

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CORRECTIVE MEASURES THAT WERE ANNOUNCED FOR THE ERRORS ENCOUNTERED IN JEE-2010

Error 1: The section headings for Physics and Mathematics were accidentally swapped in the ORS.

Corrective Measure: Each ORS (both for Paper 1 & 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.

Error 2: Question 44 in the Mathematics section of Paper 1 in code 4 of the Hindi version was not printed.
Corrective Measure: The ORS of the candidates who were given Code 4 of the Hindi version of the Question Paper 1 will be evaluated omitting Question 44 and the overall score for the Mathematics section of Paper 1 of those candidates will be appropriately scaled.

Error 3: The Instructions on “Question Paper Format and Marking Scheme” for section IV in the Hindi version of Paper 2 was wrongly printed. Each question in this section was shown to carry 3 marks instead of 8.
Corrective Measure: Each question of section IV of Paper 2 will be evaluated for 8 marks.

Error 4: In a few cases the question paper contained two unreadable pages and two partially readable pages in the Physics section of Paper 1.
Corrective Measure: 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.

1 Comment

  1. John says:

    Why JEE, Let it be a CAEE(Common Affordable Entrance Exam) for all including the poor and the needy, not being able to afford for 1-2 lacs on training/mentoring for JEE just to “may be artificially equip/foster/inculcate ” what is not present. Rather let it be common so that, “those who have it” will get through than those who “have been made to have it” because they had the money though not the intellect!!

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