By Manpreet Singh Bhatia
Jamshedpur, May 20: Over 5,000 aspiring IITians appeared for the JEE Advance examination on Sunday from Jamshedpur including Ranchi, Dhanbad and Bokaro.
Conducted online for the first time, both Paper I and Paper 11 comprised 54 questions each from physics, chemistry and mathematics, with an aggregate of 360 marks.
Out of the six centres in the city, three centres were allotted in Ion Digital Centre in Mango; one in DBMS English School and the other one at DBMS Career Academy both in Kadma.
The paper one was concluded at 12, and students rated Physics paper tough, with Chemistry, Mathematics paper easy. The JEE Advanced examination is being conducted by IIT Kanpur this year.
The exam was conducted in two sittings, Paper 1 and Paper 2. The timing for Paper 1 will be from 9 am to 12 pm and paper 2 will be carried out from 2 pm to 5 pm.
This year, in order to improve the gender balance in the undergraduate programs at the IITs from the current (approximately) 8 per cent to 14 per cent in 2018-19, a decision was taken to create supernumerary seats specifically for female candidates, without any reduction in the number of seats offered to male candidates. These seats will be offered (a) to only those female candidates who qualify JEE (Advanced) Ė 2018.
The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2018 was conducted by the IITs under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) 2018. The performance of a candidate in this examination will form the basis for admission to the Bachelorís, Integrated Masterís and Dual Degree programs (entry at the 10+2 level) in all the IITs. The decisions of the JAB 2018 will be final in all matters related to JEE (Advanced) 2018 and admission to IITs.
This year, the IITs have decided to reserve seats for female candidates. As per reports, 779 reserve seats will be allocated in various IITs for female engineering candidates. IIT Kharagpur has 113 seats, IIT Dhanbad- 95 seats, IIT Kanpur- 79 seats, IIT BHU- 76, IIT Roorkee- 68, IIT Delhi- 59, IIT Bombay- 58, IIT Guwahati- 57.