Mumbai: The CBSE has decided to grant an additional 12 marks to all candidates in lieu of three questions which were found to be ‘erroneous’ in the recently conducted JEE Main held online on April 19, 2014. In addition, four additional marks were also awarded to candidates after a wrong question was identified by the Board in the pen-and-paper variant of the exam held on April 6. After more than a thousand candidates registered complaints against the erroneous questions in JEE Main , the Board finally released a modified version of the answer key on the day the results were announced.
The Board had initially denied any errors in the questions asked in the test. However, the final answer key released on Saturday awarded all students four additional marks for the following question numbers: No 36 in booklet series E, 18 in series F, 65 in series G, and 89 in series H respectively. In addition, four marks were awarded in lieu of errors found in questions 7, 47 and 48 in the online exam held on April 19.
Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE in a statement said that all students would get 4 marks each in lieu of the dropped question. He added that it was a standard procedure practiced by the Board in cases where more than one correct answer option had been provided as answers to a question.
However, both students and teaching staff associated with coaching institutes have claimed that more than one incorrect question was included in the pen-and-paper version of the test. A teacher from a reputed coaching institute commented that while it was welcome that the Board had identified at least one incorrect question, there were more than the single wrong instance and called for the Board to avoid such mistakes as this level.
As a matter of fact, many students have claimed that while there were more than one ‘ambiguous’ question, the fact that the Board allowed for only a period of 24 hours for students to challenge the answer key, led to a smaller number of students registering complaints.