Most of the engineering aspirants who appeared for JEE (Main) on Sunday found the mathematics section to be tricky and lengthy. Many students also pointed out that the difficulty level of the paper was slightly higher than last year. Teachers from the coaching institutes claim that the cut-off to be eligible for JEE (Advanced) is likely to be around 100 (plus or minus 5) out of 360 this year. Last year, it was 100. The topper's score may be around 345-350, say experts. About 10.2 lakh students had registered for the test.
At least three questions in the paper were either ambiguous or were from beyond the scope of the NCERT syllabus, claimed students and teachers. If these ambiguities are confirmed, around 12 marks will be at stake. "One question in physics was outside the JEE (Main) syllabus and one has two correct answers. Many students found it difficult to complete the mathematics paper in the given time," said Vinay Kumar from a coaching institute.