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JEE: Tension mounts among aspirants

JEE: Tension mounts among aspirants
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Even as the government machinery at Warangal, Tirupathi, Guntur and Khammam has geared up to meet the heavy inflow from neighbouring districts at ,...

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Even as the government machinery at Warangal, Tirupathi, Guntur and Khammam has geared up to meet the heavy inflow from neighbouring districts at , a palpable tension is quite evident on the faces of hundreds of thousands of aspirants. For, this is the first exam after the rejig of IIT pattern and there is a discomfort among the young lads.

Though some experts in coaching centres try to cool down the aspirants saying that since this would be the first exam, CBSE may not go hard, students aver that taking on students who studied advanced CBSE syllabus will be a major challenge. Many students and lecturers from the state felt that physics could be the deciding factor.

'If we could successfully answer physics paper, we can confidently say that we will sail through the phase I exam,' Pravinkumar Reddy and Sai Harsha teja of Time institute told The Hans India.

Tension is not just on how could be the exam pattern itself. Since students picked up for the JEE Advanced for admission into IITs shall not only be the top rankers of JEE Mains, but also in the top 20 percentile of Intermediate exam, the results of Intermediate also do matter a lot, according to Dr Bhanu Murthy, lecturer at Narayana College. Moreover, 40 percent weightage is given for Inter marks for admission into NITs, CFTIs and IIITs. So, this uneasiness also adds up to the tension of the students a lot, according to subject teachers who have been training hundreds of students for the all important national exam.

In addition to this, CBSE rubbed its amount of salt on the woes of students by allotting just four centres for the entire state. An estimated over 45,000 students out of a total of one lakh- along with their parents- that means over a lakh people from the twin cities alone-will be travelling to Warangal on April 6 and 7.

"It is an avoidable tension. The students, who are totally engrossed in the exam work, needlessly have to think about their centres, whether they can reach to their centres on time etc. CBSE has to be blamed for this," Vivekanadarao, an employee of secretariat who has to take his son to Warangal criticised.

Some representations have been made to the CBSE from well-established college managements from the state to increase the number of centres but of no avail. 'Similar representations have also come from several other states but we cannot add on new centres for this year due to logistic reasons. We allotted some cities for online exam and some for off-line exam. The CBT will be conducted between April 8 to 25" Executive Director of JEE Mains said.

Meanwhile, eminent educationist and IIT expert Chukka Ramaiah urged the centre to provide two chances for students of rural areas. "Students studying in urban areas are definitely at an advantageous position with the changed format and since lack of proper infrastructure and faculty, rural students will be at a loss. But the exam is same for both of them. So, it is just to provide the rural students one more chance" he felt.

He has also suggested to have a thorough introspection over continuation of the age-old four-answered multiple choice question system. "Why should we go on continuing this? Why don't we think of something else, which is more scientific to calibrate the ability of student?" he asked.

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