The Joint Advanced Board (JAB) has announced that the Advanced JEE, scheduled to be conducted on June 2, 2013, will not be subjective and will retain IIT JEE 2012 format. The test will be conducted in two sessions on the same day – each with objective-type multiple choice questions (MCQs). The difficulty level and marks allotted to Advanced JEE exam will also be similar to previous JEEs.
IIT aspirants get another chance at Boards
HRD ministry has allowed IIT aspirants a chance to appear for board exams again next year and improve their board marks. Hence, these students will get a chance to appear for JEE once again. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the state boards would make special arrangements to implement the decision.
Only 10% IITians are girls
Analyzing patterns of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) results 2012, the Joint Admission Board found that out of all the students admitted to 15 IITs, only 10% were girls. In other engineering institutes, including prestigious ones, the gender ratio is more balanced as 30-40 per cent girls got accepted.
Have a doubt? ask website for an answer
Finding that classrooms are not the best place to deal with shy students, a physics teacher of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom has come up with an innovative website to reach out to them and others who may have queries on the subject. To his delight the academic website has become a hit with the email attached to it flooded with an average of 25 queries daily. “Most questions relate to homework. I usually don’t take such queries seriously as my focus is more on genuine academic doubts,” says Mr Mathew Abraham who has taught physics for over 15 years. At first only his students posted questions on the website, but other students too began to use it . The website was started following a survey, which found that while many students had genuine doubts on the subject in class, they were afraid to raise them for fear of being made fun of by their classmates. Many preferred asking questions without being identified . “I could either install a box which students could put their queries into without being identified, or start a website. I thought the second option was better,” Mr Abraham says. All students have to do is use the Ask a Question link to reach the email inbox of the site administrator. The questions are answered after consulting experts or physics teachers and published on the site. The user is also intimated about the answer posted if he or she gives the correct email address while registering. If the questions need research they are posted on the site for public response through comments and mail. The posts published on the site are also linked to FaceBook at www.facebook.com/askphysics.
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