There were at least four questions in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2014 that had more than one correct answer, admitted the IITs. Needless to say, the ambiguity involved in these questions eventually yielded in confusions amongst many candidates.
JEE Advanced is the second phase of the two-layer examination system that hand-picks deserving candidates for admission into the IITs. Only the top 200,000 rank holders in JEE Main (the first phase of the examination) can sit in JEE Advanced. JEE Main is conducted by the CBSE, while JEE Advanced is by the IITs.
Earlier, it was revealed that JEE Main 2014 also had four ambiguous question that sparked confusions amongst many candidates.
According to reports, question number 18 in the Physics paper, along with question number 26, 29 and 33 in the Chemistry paper were ambiguous. Amongst these, question number 33 in the Chemistry paper had two correct answers – options 6 and 7.
The JEE Administrators have already announced that students who answered either of the two correct options, will get full marks. “The questions are not wrong. They have alternative answers. If a student has blackened either of those answers, he will get marks. Students will not be victimised,” said a teacher associated with JEE Advanced, reports the Telegraph.
The move, however, has made a lot of candidates unhappy. According to some of them, they had successfully solved the question; but did not answer it out of confusion because only one option was supposed to be correct (hence making them feel that they had made some mistake).
“I did not blacken any answer options since I did not get a single answer. Nobody would imagine that a question can have two correct answers. I spent over 10 minutes on each,” one candidate said.