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Post Paper Analysis for JEE Main 2017

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

This year, over 1.4 million students attempted JEE Main at 104 centres across the country, with 9 centres outside India. Only the top 2,20,000 candidates will be shortlisted for the JEE Advanced examination, now scheduled on 21st May, 2017.

There have been a lot of similarities between this year’s and last year’s papers. JEE Main, 2017 seems to have been moderately easy yet lengthy, with questions from some subjects being even lengthier than last year. The weightage of marks tilted towards questions from the 12th standard syllabi.

Physics was considered to be moderate in difficulty and length, with most finding it easier than the last year. Students encountered more calculative questions than theory-based. The weightage of marks tilted towards the 12th standard syllabus with 19 questions, while 11 questions were picked from the 11th standard syllabus. Constitutionally, the paper had 11 questions from Mechanics, 8 questions from Electrodynamics, 3 questions from Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, 2 from Optics and Wave Optics – which was a surprise for most – and 6 questions from Modern Physics and Nuclear Physics.

Chemistry was considered the easiest of all three papers, with a difficulty curve similar to last year. The questions asked this year were more theoretical than calculative, making it the quickest subject to solve. The weightage of marks tilted towards the 12th standard syllabus, with 17 questions chosen from it and the remaining 13 chosen from the 11th standard syllabus. Constitutionally, the paper had 8 questions from Organic Chemistry, 11 from Inorganic Chemistry and 11 from Physical Chemistry.

Mathematics was considered by most to be the most difficult of the three subjects, purely due to its lengthiness, despite being comparatively easier than last year. While questions were based on simple formulae, a lot of them were calculation-based. The weightage of marks was unequal with 20 questions chosen from 12th standard and 10 from 11th standard. Constitutionally, the paper contained 15 questions from Algebra, 6 from Calculus, 3 from Trigonometry, 3 from Conics and 3 from Vector Algebra.

Expected cut off to lie between 97 and 102

(This article is written by Rajshekhar Ratrey ,  VP of Educational Content,

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