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JEE Main 2019: Are coaching centres necessary to crack the exam

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019

All the top 15 students scoring 100 percentile in JEE Main exam have taken help from coaching institutes, writes Sheetal Banchariya

As many as 15 students achieved a perfect score of 100 percentile. The one thing they had in common is that they all claim to have enrolled in coaching centres for additional guidance and study material.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) declared the results of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2019 last week and this was the first time that the computer-based testing (CBT) format was used.

As many as six students who scored 100 percentile have been studying in the parallel schools set up by coaching centres. In this school format, students do not attend conventional classes, which allow them sufficient time to prepare for JEE. 

“The number of applicants in such competitive exams is exponentially high as compared to the seats available. The level of difficulty is intentionally kept high for meritorious students to get filtered. School education is not enough to prepare the students even for the board exams. This is one of the major reasons why students and parents are inclined towards coaching centres,” said Siddarth Pandey, chairman, JEE Advanced, IIT Delhi. 

Vineet Joshi, director general of NTA blame it to the peer pressure that makes the students are enrol in coaching centres. “On the basis of feedback on difficulty level that we have received, anyone who has understood the concepts of NCERT books of class XII and has enough practice of the three-hour exam format can pass with flying colours in JEE main,” he added. 

According to the students’ state code of eligibility in NTA records, as many as 4 applicants from Telangana have achieved the perfect score, but state-wise results are not the real indicators, as several students have relocated to different cities solely for the purpose of JEE preparations, and that too in a certain coaching academies.

“We are natives of Andhra Pradesh but my son relocated to Telangana to study at one of the famous coaching centres. Since last two years, he has been staying in a hostel and attends a parallel school run by the same academy,” said father of one of the toppers from Telangana (as per the state code), on condition of anonymity.

Speaking of mushrooming parallel schools that are run by coaching centres, Joshi added, “NTA cannot control whether an applicant has attended a formal school or not as the eligibility criteria for JEE is marks dependent and independent of school attendance.”

Most of these JEE Main toppers have shown an interest in joining IIT Bombay to pursue BTech in Computer Science, if they happen to clear JEE Advanced exam.

It is for the first time that JEE Main results have been declared in percentile format. The ranks of the candidates will be released after the second phase of JEE Main, which will be conducted in April 2019. 



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