Open Letter to NTA Chairperson on JEE Main Answer Key and Result
Prabha Dhavala, 23 Jan 2019, #JEE Main
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Open Letter to NTA Chairperson - While National Testing Agency has conducted the JEE Main 2019 January exam smoothly, the release of the answer key and result have raised many questions in the minds of students and parents alike. With practically no information coming forth from NTA for the reassurance of the students, Careers360 has written an open letter to the NTA chairperson asking all those questions that have been posted on its Q and A platform. Candidates have asked for clarity on the percentile calculation, announcement of raw marks and more. Read on to know more.

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Date: January 21, 2019

To the Chairperson,

National Testing Agency

Block C-20/1A/8, Sector-62, IITK

Outreach Centre, Gautam Buddh Nagar, 

Noida, Uttar Pradesh (India)

Subject:  Student queries on JEE Main Answer Key and Result 

Dear Sir,

NTA had declared the JEE Main 2019 percentile score obtained by students for the January session on January 19. While it was a very good achievement by the agency in declaring the scores a good ten or more days early than the announced date, some unanswered questions have been raised by many JEE aspirants on various forums as well as ours. NTA should answer these questions posed by the many students and experts to establish its credibility as a fair institution so that students rest easy knowing that things are being taken care of.

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1. Answer key and the challenge facility:

There was no facility in case a student felt all the given answers were wrong. So how could he/she challenge the answer key? Students reportedly have found about 13 questions with all wrong answers. How does the NTA plan to rectify this?

2. Non-disclosure of the final or revised answer key:

The final answer key has not been published after the challenge facility closed on January 17. Ideally this is the protocol followed. Instead the result was directly declared so students have no way of knowing whether any challenges or objections raised have been addressed. Does NTA intend to publish the final or revised answer key at all?

Latest update: The final answer key has been finally declared by NTA on January 23. There have been a total 22 questions with mismatched answers across all sessions and candidates who have attempted them, have been awarded total marks.  Each session has had at least one question declared as wrong and awarded full marks. There are many questions in each session with multiple correct answers. All this raises further questions on the quality check that were supposedly in place.

3. Declaration of the raw marks of the students

With no knowledge of the actual marks scored by the students, it is extremely hard to plan and prepare for their next attempt which is in April. It would have been good if students were given their raw scores along with their NTA percentile scores. Will NTA declare the subject wise raw scores anytime? 

4. Transparency in the calculation of NTA percentile scores with actual figures/statistic:

NTA has explained the normalization procedure but has failed to follow it up with the exact statistics and the way it has been calculated for each student. There should be some provision to allow students to know what their raw marks are, how their NTA score has been arrived at, and how many students are placed ahead of them.

Knowing the details of the actual marks and the calculation of the percentile scores will actually empower students to understand how much they should score in their next attempt such that they can prepare accordingly. 

We hope NTA takes stock of these issue and clarifies them. The student community which has high hopes from the agency will then be justified.  

Yours Sincerely,

Prabha Dhavala

Editor, Careers360

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Yes , of course you can take a drop and appear for jee mains and jee advance in 2021 as one ca participate in the jee mains entrance exam for 3 consecutive years. So , since you will be passing your 12th in 2020, so you are eligible jee 2020, jee 2021 and jee 2022 as well. For more and detailed information about jee go through the link given below :-


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Aditya kumar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019
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Greetings !

To calculate percentage in 12th board for filling jee mains application form you need to consider the marks scored in five subjects - (1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) A language and (5) Any subject other than the above four, is taken into account. So, it's good that you don't replaced chemistry marks by cs marks. Also, you don't need to worry at all, you will not face any problem as there's no percentage barrier to be eligible for jee mains. The criteria to be eligible for jee mains is that candidate should have passed class 12 or qualifying the exam in 2018 or 2019 or should be appearing in 2020 for it with Physics,Mathematics, and any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject).

The percentage barrier comes while taking admission in NIT,IIT and GFTI for which candidates should have obtained a minimum of 75% marks in class 12 or equivalent exam or they must be in the top 20 percentile in their class 12 examination. For SC/ ST, the eligibility is to obtain a minimum of 65% marks in class 12 or equivalent.


hi, will it be asked during placement if I am dropping two years for jee mains? i passed in 2018 12th, i am studying in a college 1st year in 2019, and if i give jee mains 2020, will it be considered two years drop? or one year drop? since im doing college as well as preparing.

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019
as you said that you did a partial drop and you had completed your class 12th in 2018 so if you will give JEE mains in 2020 then definitely there will be your two year drop considered, for that you will have to submit the reason for this drop when you will take admission in any college after selection, and if you give JEE mains in 2019 then your one year drop will be considered.
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Hello dear aspirant.

I think you will be well aware of the fact that from this year onwards there is slight change in JEE mains examination pattern. Scoring 90 percentile is not very tough still . You have to study regular and solve at least one practice paper daily and join test serieses to evaluate yourself.

It will surely help you.

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can I exchange chemistry Marks by computer science Marks for class 12 in jee mains?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019

If you have 6 subjects then the aggregate of Marks is done as English + Best of Four and English is compulsory.
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