CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) aspirants from Tamil Nadu have a one-day gap between the last paper of the board exams and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The exam schedules of the State board exams were released on Tuesday.
Usually, the State Board exams for Class XII students from the computer science stream will end by March 25. But this year the order of subjects have been changed and the last exam for the science group is on April 1.
The JEE (Main), the all India common engineering entrance exam which is conducted for admission to various engineering colleges and courses across the country including the IITs, NITs and government funded central, state institutions is scheduled on April 3. This leaves a gap of just one day for students to prepare for the highly competitive exam, in which students from the state board already score poorly.
“Students from Tamil Nadu generally find the JEE tough and their performance has been below par compared to other state students. This year they hardly get any breathing gap between the board exam and JEE. This will definitely have an impact on their JEE performance this year”, said Michael Raj, a government higher secondary teacher Sanjana, a Class XII student said, “An early start to the board exam compared to the routine itself was a setback as we expected the schedule to be postponed at least by a week after losing classes for almost a month. Adding more to the burden, we will now take up JEE the day after the last exam gets over.”
However, a senior school education department official said, “The schedule has been prepared keeping in mind the welfare of students from flood-hit areas. There was enough time in between two successive exams so that schools can coach the students on the particular subject during this period.”
But a few take objection to the long leave between the papers. “Proper time space between two exams in necessary, but not 8-10 days, which might disturb the rhythm and bring down the spirit,” Samy Sathiamorthy, president of TN High and Higher Secondary School Headmasters Association said. “The exam could have been easily completed before March 26 allowing the Class XII students to prepare for the national-level competitive exams in a more relaxed manner,” he added.
Source - The New Indian Express