KNOWN as one of the most prestigious and toughest entrances in the world, IIT-JEE’s pattern has changed quite a few times, if one looks from its beginnings. IITs themselves change the pattern after every 3 to 5 years so that the students cannot train themselves mechanically to crack the exam.

Changes so far
IIT-JEE used to have four papers of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English, which was removed later. It was initially a totally subjective paper-based exam, which was scored by hand. Then the exam used to happen in two stages, first a screening and then a mains which used to be subjective. After that screening was removed and there were three subjective papers, one for each subject.

The last major change took place in 2006 when instead of 3 papers IIT started taking two papers each of 3 hrs duration and both the papers consisting of all the three subjects and for the first time percentage of school marks was decided to be 60% as the qualifying criteria.

What is new
In the proposed format the exam will be known as ISEET. In it there will be two papers each of 3 hours duration. One will check the basic understanding of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and the other will check the advance level in the same subjects. One can understand that the exam schedule will be same as it is presently.

Now this will be the single exam for all IITs, NIT and IIIT and conducted twice a year. All the academic responsibility lies with IIT and the operational responsibility will be taken care of by the CBSE. In the proposed pattern there will also be consideration of class 12 board percentage after converting it into percentile.

These proposals were given by T Ramasami committee and were studied by CABE committee. All this was set to go from 2013 but the all India faculty federation of IIT & IIT senate has opposed this move due to certain serious concerns like the quality of students entering into the IIT, rising chances of cheating in board exams and others malfunctions in the same. So the meetings are going on and the final decision of the pattern inclusion of board marks and the year of implementation is yet to be decided.

 “Students’ grip on the fundamentals should be strong enough to handle any type of question” 

What is in store

As a teacher I think it does not matter how the questions will be asked. Students’ grip on the fundamentals of the subject should be strong enough to handle any type of question. According to me a students should study the topic starting from the definitions then related derivations and then move on to application-based questions and finally numericals.

He or she should have a lot of practice and involvement. One should not study the subjects horizontally but try to go in deep vertically as well. Never skip any line of theory in the text book. This will make you robust enough to handle any situation.

 I will also advice the student to learn and remember the assumptions or postulates given before any derivation or mentioned in the definition because the places where we go wrong in the question are because of not remembering these things properly. You should also have practice to write things properly on paper rather than  trying to gather short cuts because board exams and the JEE will not be cracked by learning short cuts.

I wish luck to all the aspirants preparing for the engineering entrance and advise them not to worry about changing pattern but should focus only on studies and understanding of the subject.  

Saurabh Kumar is HOD (Physics), Vidyamandir Classes, Delhi.  

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