A record 44 students scored 100 percentile, including 18 who secured the first rank, in the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) or JEE (Main) exams-2021, results of which were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) late on Tuesday night, reporting an increase of 83% from last year when 24 students secured 100 percentile.
Officials cited an increase in the number of sessions for the exams as the reason for the record NTA scores. “Of the 939,008 candidates who appeared in the exams, 252,954 appeared in all four sessions. It increases the probability of more students scoring a 100 percentile,” an NTA official said.
The NTA, which is the nodal agency to conduct various entrance exams in the county, said it has debarred 20 students from taking the exam for three years on account of using “unfair means”. The decision comes amid an ongoing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the alleged cases of “impersonification” and “misconduct” at some exam centers during the fourth session of the JEE (Mains), conducted from August 26 to September 2.
“On account of using ‘unfair means’, a total of 20 candidates have been debarred from appearing in future examinations for a period of three years. Their results have also been withheld,” NTA said in a statement.
A senior NTA official, who wished not to be named, said the nodal agency was also looking into the cases wherein the percentile has jumped “unrealistically” from one session to another.
“The results of around 400 students are under observation. These are the cases where the percentile has increased unrealistically from one session to another,” said the official.
According to the NTA, out of the 44 candidates who scored 100 percentile, seven each are from Telangana and Delhi, six each from Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, five from Maharashtra, two each from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, and Punjab and one candidate each are from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal and Chandigarh.
The rank has been allotted on the basis of the tie-breaking policy of the NTA.
“According to the policy, candidates with higher marks in Mathematics are given preference while allotting ranks. It is followed by an NTA score in Physics and then in Chemistry. If still the tie remains, the candidate with a lesser ratio of negative to positive response will be preferred. It means the candidates who have attempted lesser wrong questions will be given preference. Therefore, only 18 out of 44 candidates with 100 percentile scorers scored rank 1,” said another NTA official.
The JEE (Mains) is conducted for admissions to various engineering courses including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology and other centrally funded technical colleges. Besides, it is also an eligibility criterion for the JEE (Advanced) exams for admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs).
The registration process for the JEE (Advanced), which will be conducted on October 3, started on Wednesday. Candidates, who will meet the NTA’s cut-off for JEE (Advanced), can only appear in the exam.
The JEE (Main) exam was conducted at 915 examination centres in 334 cities, including 12 outside India in Bahrain, Colombo, Doha, Dubai, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, Muscat, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Kuwait.
The test was held in 13 languages, including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.