“Many students who clear JEE (A) do so by a stroke of luck. Students often arrive at the right answer by eliminating the wrong ones. These students are usually not strong with concepts. It is difficult to test their understanding with an MCQ format question paper,” said a professor. The IITs were considering a similar format in 2013.
A professor from the JEE (A) 2015 organizing team, however, ruled out the possibility of a subjective section in the test. “We have brought in the subjective component in this year’s paper by including many questions with integer-type answers. Also the increase in questions with negative marks and reducing -2 marks for every wrong answer has brought down the number of students who pass with guess work. Not many would have marked the right choice without knowing the answer,” said the professor, adding that they are happy with the current format and do not intend to recommend a change.