Speaking to Education Times, Parth Halder, Head of Chemistry Department, FIITJEE, said: “Reducing JEE Mains crack attempts from four to two starting this year would be a good move. Four attempts delayed the JEE Advanced schedule, further delaying the new academic cycle.”
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For example, if the first attempt exams are held in April this year, the second attempt exams will be held at the end of May, which would conflict with the Class XII board exams as they would also be held during the month. April and May, adds Halder. “The preparation of four sets of questionnaires distorted the level of difficulty and the homogeneity of the questions. Although it is a percentile based process, still too many items make the process unfair to aspirants. Ideally, the competitive exam should only take place once a year, so that each student is judged on the same set of questions at the same time and according to the same parameters. Last year, when four attempts were given to aspirants to take the JEE main exam, the NTA had to declare 18 students as rank one holders,” says Halder.
Dev Bhatia, 19, from Mumbai, who will sit for the JEE exam this year, said, “I dropped out a year after Class XII to prepare for JEE. I tried four times last year. During my preparation when there were two attempts, I noticed that the competition was relatively lower compared to the preparation when four attempts were available. The papers on all four attempts were easier, but irregular.
Kritika Bhatt, 18, from Delhi NCR, who is due to appear for JEE Mains this year, said: ‘The decision to allow four attempts was to help students during Covid. Our lot should also have had four attempts because we were confined to our homes and have to prepare for the jury exams.