Published On : Mon, Apr 4th, 2016

JEE Main- Paper 1 analysis: Overall balanced paper

Nagpur: Around 12 lakh students appeared for the JEE Main 2016 examination held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from over 2000 centres in129 cities in India and abroad.

Aspirants had the choice of appearing in either Paper 1 or Paper 2 or both. Paper 1 is for B.E / B.Tech courses while Paper 2 is for B.Arch / B.Planning. Paper 1, conducted on April 3, 2016, was held in an off-line mode (pen and paper based) and those scheduled for on April 9 and 10, 2016, are to be held online (computer based). Paper 2 was conducted only in off-line mode on April 3, 2016.

Paper pattern similar to previous years


The question pattern of Paper 1 for B.E. / B.Tech courses in 2016 was similar to that of previous years. It had objective type questions with multiple choice answers. Equal weightage was given to physics, chemistry and mathematics.

There were 30 questions each in physics, chemistry and mathematics. The marks allotted for each correct answer was 4 marks and for each incorrect response, one-fourth of the total marks allotted to the question would be deducted from the total score.

Some tricky questions

Like last year, a few questions in physics were tricky and challenging this year, but the paper was also a shade tougher.

According to experts, “question no. 84 (Set F) has two answers. One or two questions in chemistry are tricky prima-facie. Compared to last year it is shade tough. Q 17 (Set F) appears to have no matching answer in choices given. Mathematics compared to last year is shade tough with few questions lengthy.”

“In all the three subjects, 5 to 6 questions were framed quite differently. Few of them were also ambiguous. In Physics, there were two questions which had more than one correct answer, leaving students in a dilemma whether to leave it or attempt it. In addition, two questions were confusing?” .

Moderate difficulty level

Overall, the difficulty level for paper was moderate. According to teachers, a student who has been focused and serious all through the two years in improving speed and accuracy by taking regular quizzes and mock tests with the JEEM pattern, must have done reasonably well.

High marks expectation

Since most of the students found the examination of moderate difficulty level, they are expecting a good overall score.

Keeping in view the ambiguities in the question paper, it is expected that the cut-offs would be a little higher this year as compared to last year.

Cut-offs for CML (Common Merit List) in 2013, 2014, 2015 was 113, 115, 105 respectively.

Balanced paper

The paper was a balanced one overall and set from the CBSE syllabus of class 11 and 12.

According to teachers, “27 questions were easy, 48 questions were of moderate difficulty and 15 questions were of relatively higher difficulty.”

Trikha further said that although the paper was set from the prescribed syllabus, many questions were conceptual, with some needing analytical skills.


Students will be given admission in NIT’s, IIIT’s, DTU, CFTI’s and other allied institutes based on overall merit list comprising 60 percent of JEE Main marks and 40 percent of normalised class 12 Board marks.

Top 2,00,000 candidates of JEE Main will be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced on May 23, 2016, to compete for one of 10,000 seats in the prestigious IITs and ISM Dhanbad.

According to the centralised seat allocation process, 32 NIT’s,18 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT) and 19 central government, state government funded institutes will be represented using JEE Main ranks. Thirty four self financed deemed universities and other institutes also participated in 2015 in the central allocation board (eligible only for spot round).

Nine states– Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Gujarat, Maharashtra, M.P., Odisha, Punjab and Rajasthan — also accept JEE Main ranks to fill seats through their own seat allocation process.