IIT-JEE MYTHS and REALITY
The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (popularly known as IIT-JEE or just JEE) is an annual college entrance examination in India. A total of nine colleges use JEE as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. The nine colleges include the seven Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT-BHU Varanasi, and ISM Dhanbad. It is conducted by the various IITs by a policy of rotation. It is the toughest engineering entrance exam in the world with a success rate of around 1 in 60. Candidates who successfully pass the IIT-JEE can apply for admission to the BTech (Bachelor of Technology), Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology) and Integrated MSc (Master of Sciences) courses in the various institutes. Getting entrance into an IIT is often considered the pinnacle of achievement for a student of the science stream and the IITs along with the IISc attract most of the brightest students of the nation.
JEE 2007 was last held on April 8, 2007 and is set to have two papers of three hours duration each. The two papers will each contain maths, physics and chemistry sections (in previous years, there were separate maths, physics and chemistry papers, each of two hours’ duration). The syllabus of the examination is based on topics covered by the CBSE Board Examination (AISSCE) and the ISC Board Examination, though all topics of the AISSCE and the ISC are not included in the JEE syllabus. The pattern of questions in JEE is deliberately variable so as to minimize the chance of students getting selected by cramming up the probable questions. Currently, the examination has objective type question paper for all the subjects and uses machine readable Optical mark recognition answer sheets. Given the importance attached to the JEE by students all over India, the IITs follow a rigorous procedure when conducting it every year. The exam is set by the JEE Committee (consisting of a group of faculty members drawn from the admitting colleges) under the tightest security. Multiple sets of question papers are framed and the set that is to actually be used on the day of the exam is known to only about five individuals. In the past, the JEE has been noted for originality in its questions.
Scenario in Patna and Bihar
We are students of IIT Kanpur and recently we got an opportunity to see and talk to some of the aspirants in Patna. We were shocked to hear some absolute myths and much more, which follows:
During last few years a large number of coaching institutes have cropped up in Patna delivering the so-called guidance for securing a rank in IIT-JEE. Many people have made a great fortune out of all this. The good ones are very few. Most of them are established for the sole purpose of making money.The ignorance worsens the situation even more. Generally students are unaware of the facts. Most of them believe over one million students appear every year and success rate less than 1 %. Recently one of the students asked us “Is the Chemistry paper going to be scrapped from IIT-JEE”.
He said one of his teacher say so. We were astonished. No such news is there and it also doesn’t seem to be rational. Such a change is obviously not going to take place. The JEE committee is always looking for some reforms but insensible rumors are irresponsible activities of some notorious coaching “quacks”. All this is a consequence of the gap between the IITians and aspirants. We intend to bridge this gap.
This clearly suggests that teachers in order to earn their fortune are playing with the life of students. Cheating people who trust them the most. They have forgotten the traditional role of Guru and the relation between a Guru and Sishya. We intend to work upon the aspirant’s basic idea and approach towards JEE. All this and many others have prompted us to come up with a workshop where heavy interaction between IITian and aspirants of IIT-JEE would be the major thrust. We have received a lot of encouragement and overwhelming response wherever we went; in particular student community in Patna has also welcomed us in a big way. During the workshop more than 40 IITians would be available to students for personal counseling. We would stress on what is really required to be IITian. We strongly believe that most of the students in Patna have the capability to clear IIT-JEE. What they lack is the right approach, proper planning, and methodology to crack JEE with ease.
Most students get confused due to flood of information and study material. Teachers confuse them even more by teaching a lot more than what is actually required. One needs to have a definite plan with well-defined planning structure and sources of information to produce best results. Students normally neglect Chemistry, which is most scoring, and do not pursue Physics in a proper way. Preparing Physics for the JEE needs more attention besides acquiring highly polished analytical skills. We aim to talk to each student in Patna in detail about all this. We have a lot more to tell but the space constraints us.