The Central Board of Secondary Education earlier last week uploaded the JEE Main 2014 Answer Key on its website. While the Board had earlier announced that the key would be released on Monday at 2pm, students had to wait till 8pm before the key was finally available.
This essentially means that even though the students were supposed to get approximately 27 hours to go through the key, JEE aspirants got no more than 21 hours due to the delay.
Till Tuesday last week, only 1,106 students challenged the key. Also, there were doubts about whether or not the Board was going to accept the challenges as there was hardly any time left for the CBSE to follow the due protocols.
“We do not know if the board will accept these challenges. Even if they do, there is hardly any time left for them to consider them,” Times of India quotes an Andheri student as saying.
For students, every single mark mattered – after all, only the top 1.5 lac candidates appearing in JEE (Main) would get the chance to sit in the JEE (Advanced). JEE (Advanced) is the second phase or round of the Joint Entrance Examination that will serve as the gateway to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).
Another student commented: “It is unfair to students. The board has been informed about the errors in some questions. They should either nullify these or give grace marks to all students.”
Praveen Tyagi from IITians also raised a finger at the Board, accusing it of deliberately delaying the process to cover up for the errors.
However, Vineet Joshi, CBSE, Chairman, made it categorically clear that there was no delay in publishing the answer key. “It was an additional facility that we offered for the first time. We have received representations from many people. Our subject experts have gone through the claims and they have not found the questions erroneous,” Joshi said.